President Mohamed Muizzu has said that the administration is implementing stringent measures to curtail the operation of businesses by undocumented immigrants. He made this commitment in his message on International Labour Day 2024, where the measures he announced encompass the expeditious deportation of such individuals within a 48-hour timeframe.

In his message, he detailed the administration’s efforts to facilitate labour rights, highlighting initiatives to increase wages and benefits for government employees. He also underscored the measures taken to increase employment opportunities for local workers by allocating 22 professional sectors exclusively to locals.

Shedding light on the administration’s plans, President Muizzu emphasised his focus on facilitating training and development opportunities and establishing services such as daycare centres to foster prosperous lifestyles for all families.

Concluding his message, President Muizzu expressed optimism that the administration’s endeavours in this direction would usher in a more promising future for all Maldivian workers. He further articulated that it would lay the groundwork for many opportunities for workers to flourish.

President Muizzu’s May Day message comes amidst allegations from the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) accusing his administration of undermining workers’ rights. The MDP had said that during the recent parliamentary election campaign, the administration resorted to political intimidation tactics and job termination threats to secure votes.

Furthermore, the MDP alleges that numerous government- and state-owned enterprise employees had faced reprimands or dismissals for not supporting the ruling People’s National Congress (PNC). The party also accuses that the Muizzu administration of granting promotions and incentives to PNC supporters while those with differing political ideologies are facing demotions.