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Labour Act, 2003 (Act No. 651).

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General provisions; Labour codes, general labour and employment acts
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Part I: Preliminary
Part II: Public employment centres and private employment agencies
Part III: Protection of employment (rights and duties of employers and workers, contract of employment, grounds for termination, etc.)
Part IV: General conditions of employment (annual leave with pay, hours of work, rest periods)
Part V: Employment of persons with disabilities (incentives, public service posts, employment not to cease upon disablement, training, etc.)
Part VI: Employment of women (night work, prohibition of assignment of pregnant women, maternity leave, etc.)
Part VII: Employment of young persons (hazardous work, health, etc.)
Part VIII: Fair and unfair termination of employment
Part IX: Protection of remuneration (equal pay for equal work, prohibited or permitted deductions, paid public holidays, etc.)
Part X: Special provisions relating to temporary workers and casual workers
Part XI: Trade unions and employers' organisation (creation, registration, protection against discrimination, federation, etc.)
Part XII: Collective agreement
Part XIII: National Tripartite Committee
Part XIV: Forced labour (prohibition, interpretation)
Part XV: Occupational health, safety and environment
Part XVI: Labour inspection
Part XVII: Unfair labour practices (discrimination, interference by employers in union affairs, employer to facilitate workers' trade union business, union activities during working hours, complaints, etc.)
Part XVIII: National Labour Commission (establishment, functions, settlement of industrial disputes)
Part XIX: Strikes
Part XX: Miscellaneous

Repeals the following Acts:
- The Conspiracy and Protection of Property (Trade Disputes) (Cap 90)
- The Trade Unions Ordinance (Cap 91)
- The Trade Unions (Amendment) Ordinance, 1953 (No. 19)
- The Trade Unions (Amendment) Decree, 1966 (NLCD 110)
- The Trade Disputes (Arbitration and Inquiry) (Cap 93)
- The Industrial Relations Act, 1965 (Act 299)
- The Industrial Relations Act, 1965 (Amendment) Decree, 1967 (NLCD 189)
- The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Decree, 1972 (NRCD 22)
- The Labour Decree, 1967 (NLCD 157)
- The Labour (Amendment) Decree, 1967 (NLCD 212)
- The Labour (Amendment) Decree, 1969 (NLCD 331)
- The Labour (Amendment) Decree, 1969 (NLCD 342)
- The Labour (Amendment) Decree, 1969 (NLCD 368)
- The Labour (Amendment) Decree, 1973 (NRCD 150)
- The Labour (Amendment) Decree, 1976 (SMCD 33)
- The Labour (Amendment) Decree, 1976 (SMCD 42)
- The Public Service (Negotiating Committee) Law, 1992 (PNDCL 309)

Amends the Children's Act, 1998 (sections 93, 95 (1) and 124).

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