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Unions urged to keep talking

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Honourable Jone Usamate last Friday reminded the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers on the importance of dialogue. Minister Usamate in a talanoa session with the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers highlighted that Government needs good faith on both sides i.e. workers and employers in […]

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December 6, 2016 6:47 am

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Honourable Jone Usamate last Friday reminded the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers on the importance of dialogue.

Minister Usamate in a talanoa session with the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers highlighted that Government needs good faith on both sides i.e. workers and employers in order to amicably come to an agreement in terms of employment grievance or dispute.

Newly appointed General Secretary, Latileta Gaga who currently looks after about 4000 union members added that good faith is paramount as it will create good employee-employer relations amongst the two parties.

The Union raised issues with the Minister for some services provided by the ministry which was noted and will be looked into.

Ms Gaga stated that they appreciate the services provided by the Mediation Service of the ministry which is very effective and are satisfied with the outcome.

The Minister highlighted that when cases get settled in mediation it indicates that good faith is working, therefore, he is urging union and employers to bank on good faith for better employment relations

“Apart from mediation, the other mechanisms of good faith that the ministry has established for workers and employers are OHS Committees and Labour Management Consultation and Cooperation Committees to try to come to some agreeable solutions that everybody can deal with and keep moving forward,” Minister Usamate said.

The Honourable Minister also met with the General Secretary for Fiji Teachers Union Mr Agni Deo Singh who currently looks after about 4800 union members.

Both Unions expressed their appreciation for the informal talanoa session with the Minister as it allowed them to share their views and thoughts in relation to employment matters for their members.

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