Labour laws and industrial relations

Informal sector: Labour laws and industrial relations

For the purpose of this paper, the following definition of the informal sector is adopted: "The informal sector consists of small-scale, self-employed activities, with or without hired workers, typically operating with a low level of organization and technology with the primary objective of generating employment and incomes.

The objectives of this paper are to: (a) outline the various labour laws in the country, particularly those defining the different labour relations and labour standard rights of the workers; (b) analyze the applicaibility of labour laws to informal sector workers; and (c) identify alternative legal approaches to the issue of extending protection to informal sector workers.