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CNI, MCSIP and Hulas Steel Join Hands for Employability Training Programs

The Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), Micro, Cottage and Small Industries Promotion Center (MCSIPC) and Hulas Steel Industries Limited have signed a tripartite agreement to provide employment training to Nepalis above 18 years of age.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed by Rishi Ram Pangeni, Deputy Secretary of MCSIPC, Deepak Raj Joshi, Director General of CNI and Ravi KC, Brand and Corporate Communications Manager of Hulas Steel.

As per the agreement, after three months of training, Hulas Steel will employ the individuals selected in the employable training program for two years. Issuing a press statement, CNI said that the minimum cost of the training will be borne by the government.

“We have entered into the agreement which is in accordance with the provisions of the Workplace Based Employment Training Program Operating Procedure 2079,” reads the statement.

NRB Directs BFIs to Conduct Staff Training in Credit and Trade Finance Annually

The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has made additional arrangements for the training of employees of banks and financial institutions (BFI).

In the directives issued to implement the Monetary Policy for FY2022/23, the central banking authority has further explained about the training to be provided to BFI employees.

Henceforth, BIFs will have to provide job related training to employees at least once every 2 years. Similarly, specialized training programs should be conducted every year for employees working in trade finance and credit.

Meanwhile, newly recruited employees are required to undergo at least 2 weeks of orientation training within one month of joining banks. NRB has also mandated BFIs to update the title, date, duration, names of employees receiving training, etc. on their website on a half-yearly basis.

Star Hotels in Nepal providing employment to over 8,000

There are currently 164 hotels of star categories operating in Nepal and these hotels have been providing direct employment to 8,503 people. The data published by the Department of Tourism shows that hotels ranging from one-star to five-star deluxe categories as well as heritage and boutique hotels have been providing employment to this number of people. According to the department, the data excludes ordinary and tourist level hotels and that the number is of the hotels registered in the department and included in the classification.

As per the department, most hotels operating in Nepal are of two-star level. There are 43 two-star hotels, and an average of 27.97 workers have been employed in these hotels. In the meantime, most of the workers are employed in five-star hotels. 16 five-star hotels are operating in Nepal and these hotels employ an average of 241 workers. According to the department, employment rate is lowest in one-star hotels even though the number of these hotels is more. One-star hotels has been providing employment to an average of 15.70 people. Similarly, 109 ordinary resorts currently registered in the department have employed a total of 2,460 workers, an average of 22.56 people.

Youths with Japanese language skills to be sent for employment in Japan

A meeting of the Nepal-Japan joint working committee that concluded on August 4 with the decision that Nepali youths vying for jobs in Japan after passing language and skill tests would be facilitated to depart at the earliest.

The third meeting of the joint working committee will be held in Japan. The first meeting was held virtually in November 2020. As per the agreement of the first meeting, 850 Nepalis got jobs in Japan in the sectors of care giving, agriculture, construction and restaurant.

In response, leader of the Japanese delegation Chosumo Nakagawa said Japan was positive about welcoming Nepali workers.
The second meeting of the joint working committee discussed thoroughly how Nepal government could prepare work procedure for sending the youths for employment in Japan in line with specified skill workers system adopted by Japan, according to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. Job aspirants will be informed about the legitimate scheme of SKW to be followed by them for employment in Japan, and for this, amendment of the laws of Japan and Nepal will be made.

The visiting Japanese delegation held a meeting with Labour Minister Sher Bahadur Kunwar. On the occasion, Minister Kunwar said more than 5,000 Nepalis had been aspiring for job in Japan.

SC Says Labor Act Also Applies to Bank Employees

The Supreme Court’s verdict in a case related to Prime Commercial Bank has set a new precedent. Ending the dilemma of whether or not the Labor Act is applicable in the banking sector, the apex court has clarified that there can be collective bargaining in banks as well.

A bench of justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Hari Prasad Phuyal made it clear that banks and financial institutions can also have collective bargaining under the Labor Act, 2074.

The Ministry of Labor has ordered that labor arbitration can be formed to resolve collective disputes and the expenses incurred in forming such a committee should be borne by the government. In this way, the Supreme Court has also given the opinion that the decision made by the arbitrator should be accepted by both parties in the same manner as the decision of the court.

A directive order has also been issued in the name of the government to form a labor arbitration tribunal within one year, which should be formed to resolve collective disputes mentioned in section 120 of the Labor Act.

In the decision, the differences between labor arbitration and arbitration based on contract law have also been discussed based on the examples of different countries and the principles of the International Labor Organization.

The employees of Prime Commercial Bank had presented various demands to the management. After the bank management did not agree to those demands, the employees had asked the Labor and Employment Office for reconciliation. The office had formed an arbitration committee and took decision. In the petition to annul that decision, the court explained many aspects including labor law and arbitration.

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