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ILO closes Fiji complaint

The International Labour Organisation Governing Body decided not to refer the Article 26 Complaint filed against Fiji to a Commission of Inquiry and closed the Article 26 Complaint at its 326th Session on Thursday (24 March 2016). The Fijian Government Delegation to the Governing Body was led by the Acting Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity […]

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March 26, 2016 11:42 am

The International Labour Organisation Governing Body decided not to refer the Article 26 Complaint filed against Fiji to a Commission of Inquiry and closed the Article 26 Complaint at its 326th Session on Thursday (24 March 2016).

The Fijian Government Delegation to the Governing Body was led by the Acting Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Salaseini Daunabuna and complemented by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other Organisations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative Namita Khatri, and First Secretary Ajendra Pratap.

Also, in attendance were the representative of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation Nesbitt Hazelman and Fiji Trades Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony.

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Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony, Acting PS for Employment Salaseini Daunabuna and CEO FCEF Nesbitt Hazelman. (DEPTFO)

A statement released by the Government yesterday said the ILO Governing body was informed about the success of the ILO Tripartite Mission in January and the subsequent signing of the single Joint Implementation Report between the Fijian Government, the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and the Fiji Trades Union Congress.

The important achievements and concessions contained in the single Joint Implementation Report were also highlighted by the Governing Body and the passage in which this was swiftly transcended into law.

The Fijian Government delegation stated that there will now be a pursuit of pertinent projects with ILO such as Decent Work for All, Disabilities in Workplace, Gender Parity and Increasing Employment Opportunities for Youths.

The Governing Body was also informed that for too long the Fijian Government’s energies have focused on the Article 26 Complaint to the detriment of other constructive programs offered by ILO and relevant to labour reforms in Fiji.

The Fijian Government also informed the Governing Body about the recent devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston and that the effect of the tropical cyclone on the economy has resulted in an expected downward revision of the GDP growth and that economic reforms are now vital to maintaining an enabling environment for economic stability, sustainability and growth.

The Fijian Government delegation credited the past reforms in Fiji regarding labour, constitution, elections and legislation, which contributed to the building of a resilient economy which has meant that even after such a devastating tropical cyclone in Fiji, we are still able to carry on and rebuild our lives and livelihoods.

The Fijian Government, in supporting the closure of the Article 26 Complaint, clearly outlined that similar to the rebuilding of lives in Fiji following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston, the closure of the Article 26 Complaint means that Fiji will also embark on rebuilding labour relations and harnessing sustainable labour practices through social dialogue with the social partners and ILO.

This will become real and apparent now with the closure of the Article 26 Complaint against Fiji and the sentiments echoed by the ILO, and the Member States is that the closing of the Article 26 Complaint makes Fiji an example of the true essence of tripartisan and how it can be achieved.

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