Mauritian unions, including IndustriALL affiliate the Confederation of Workers in the Public and Private Sectors (CTSP), celebrated new labour law amendments as an important win after 16 years of sustained pressure on government. The new laws were a big step forwards in protecting workers in all industries, including migrant and precarious workers.

But shortly after the new laws were passed, the Covid-19 global pandemic forced the country into confinement. The labour law amendments would have been a tremendous benefit to workers during the pandemic – but employers were quick to lobby government into going backwards.