ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICES act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. President may declare services provided by certain Government departments, public corporations, local authorities or co-operative societies to be Essential Public Services.

3. Operation of Order made under section 2(1).

4. Offences.

5. Application of section 15(2) of Code of Criminal Procedure Act.

6. Act or omission committed or omitted to be done in furtherance of a strike not a defence in any prosecution under this Act.

7. This Act to prevail over other written law.

8. Interpretation.

SCHEDULE

61 of 1979.

AN ACT to provide for the declaration of services provided by certain government departments, public corporations. Local authorities and co-operative societies as Essential Public Services; and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 8th October, 1979]

1. Short title.

This Act may he cited as the Essential Public Services Act.

2. President may declare services provided by certain Government departments, public corporations, local authorities or co-operative societies to be Essential Public Services.

(1) Where the President is of the opinion that—

(a) any service provided by any category of persons employed in any Government department or public corporation or local authority or co-operative society or branch thereof being a department or corporation or local authority or co-operative society which is engaged in the provision of any of the services specified in the Schedule to this Act, is likely to be impeded or interrupted; and

(b) the maintenance of the service provided by that category of persons is essential to the life of the community, he may, in consultation with the appropriate Minister and by Order published in the Gazette, declare that service to be an essential public service.

(2) During the continuance in force of an Order made under subsection (1) declaring the service provided by any category of persons employed in a Government department or public corporation or local authority or co-operative society or branch thereof being a department or public corporation or local authority or co operative society engaged in the provision of any of the services specified in the Schedule to this Act, to be an essential public service—

(a) any person who, on the day immediately preceding the date of such Order, was employed in that department or public corporation or local authority or co-operative society for the purposes of that service or who after that date is employed by that department or public corporation or local authority or co-operative society for the purposes of that service, fails or refuses to attend at his place of work or at such other place as may from time to time be designated by the head of that department or public corporation or local authority or co-operative society or a person acting under the authority of such head or fails or refuses to perform such work as he may be directed by the head of the department or public corporation or local authority or co-operative society or by a person acting under the authority of such head to perform or fails or refuses to perform such work within such time as is in the opinion of the head of that department or public corporation or local authority or co-operative society reasonable for the performance of such work, or

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