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Name: Labour Code 1997.
Country: Sudan
Subject(s): Labour codes, general labour and employment acts
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1997
Entry into force:
Published on: Unofficial translation, 61 p.
ISN: SDN-1997-L-49122
Bibliography: Unofficial translation, 61 p.
The Labour Act 1997, Ministry of Justice, Haiel House for Printing, Sudan, 114 p.
Abstract/Citation: Applies to all workers except civil servants, members of the armed forces, domestic servants, agricultural workers, family members of an employer, and casual workers. Chapter 2 establishes a Manpower Federal Committee. Chapter 3 governs employment agencies, private employment agencies, recruitment, apprencticeships, and registration of workers. Sudanese seeking jobs outside of Sudan shall obtain permission to do so. Chapter 4 covers the employment of women and young persons. Prohibits the employment of women during night hours (except in administrative or health-care jobs) and in hazardous or arduous working conditions. Forbids the employment of children (defined as persons under 12 years of age) and the employment of young persons (persons under 16 years of age) in specified tasks (s. 21). Hours of work for young persons shall be seven hours per day and one hour paid rest. Chapter 5 provides for employment contracts. Chapter 6 covers wages; wages shall be paid in cash, except for allowances for food, fuel, housing, transportation, and clothing, which may be paid in kind (s. 35). Chapter 7 regards matters related to hours of work and leave, including overtime, paid leave, and annual leave. Women workers shall be granted maternity leave of eight weeks (four weeks before and after confinement) for each year of service. Also provides for Hadj leave and Idda leave (mourning leave for a Moslem widow). Chapter 8 provides for matters regarding termination of employment and redundancy. Chapter 9 provides for severance pay, including for seasonal workers. Chapter 10 contains general provisions regarding penalties, validity of contracts with successor employers, and labour inspection. Establishes a National and District Council for Labour Relations. Chapter 11 regards occupational safety matters, including registration of factories, safety inspectors, notification of accidents, and the establishment of safety committees in factories employing 500 or more workers. Labour disputes are covered in Chapter 12. S. 101 provides that court cases related to persons planning an action in relation to a labour dispute shall be rejected, unless such actions were a "crime" as defined by law. Chapter 13 covers the settlement of labour disputes through negotiation and arbitration. S. 124 prohibits the partial or full stoppage of work. Final provisions are contained in Chapter 14. Repeals the Labour Force Act 1974, Industrial Relations Act 1976, Industrial Safety Act 1976, and the Individual Labour Relations Act 1981. Available in English. Also available in Arabic.
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