The Employment Tribunal was established in terms of section 73A, read with Schedule 6, of the Employment Act. The role of the Employment Tribunal is to hear and deliver justice in employment and labour related matters.
The Tribunal is composed of a number of members which include a Chairperson who is a Magistrate and is nominated by the Chief Justice, two Vice-chairpersons appointed by the Minister responsible for employment matters and up to eight members who serve on a part time basis and hold office for a term of three years pending re-appointment.
The Tribunal has the power to summon any person to appear before it, examine a witness or any person appearing before it on oath and request any person to produce any document which the Tribunal considers relevant.
For more information about the Employment Tribunal please visit the Ministry for Employment, Immigration and Civil Status website.
A grievance must first be filed at the Industrial Relations Section with the Ministry for Employment and have it mediated.
If both parties do not come to an agreement, a certificate will be issued by the Employment Officer to certify that that mediation has failed.
It is only after receiving this certificate that a case can be filed at the Employment Tribunal. It should be noted that only a case for the grievance which has failed at mediation can be filed.
A registration fee of SR200 will be charged for lodging a case with the Tribunal.
Any person against whom judgment has been given by the Tribunal may appeal to the Supreme Court subject to the same conditions as appeals from a decision of the Magistrate Court.
Upon receiving a copy of the judgment or ruling, the party or parties dissatisfied with the decision may, within 14 days, file a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court.