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Progress made in talks between ILO and Fiji

The Attorney-General, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, held a discussion with the tripartite mission from the International Labour Organization (ILO) last week. In a statement issued by the Department of Information, the tripartite mission has held several meetings in Fiji this week, including with the following: Honourable Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama the Minister for Employment, Productivity and […]

Peni Shute

February 1, 2016 11:31 pm

The Attorney-General, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, held a discussion with the tripartite mission from the International Labour Organization (ILO) last week.

The Attorney-General, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, with the tripartite mission from the International Labour Organization (ILO). PHOTO: Fijian Government
The Attorney-General, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, with the tripartite mission from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Photo: Fijian Government.
In a statement issued by the Department of Information, the tripartite mission has held several meetings in Fiji this week, including with the following:
  • Honourable Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama
  • the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Mr Semi Koroilasevu
  • the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights
  • the FTUC
  • the FCCI
  • the FICTU
  • the FCEF
  • the FMA
  •  the FPSA
  • and the Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB).

FTUC National Secretary Mr. Felix Anthony attended the ERAB meeting, the first time since May 2015.

The AG informed the tripartite mission that the check-off provision, which allows union dues to be deducted from employee paychecks, is in place and all individual employees need to give their consent before dues are deducted.

It is important for workers to agree before the money they earn is deducted from their pay for any reason. They have earned this money, it is their property and no one should be able to take it without their express permission.

The Government had agreed last year to reinstate all employment grievances that stood before the tribunal before they were terminated by the Essential National Industries Decree (ENID).  Government also recommended last year that the notice given for strikes be reduced from 28 days to 14 days. The AG said at the upcoming Parliamentary session meeting, Government will enact legislative changes that will give effect to both of these reforms.

These were fruitful discussions conducted in an atmosphere of good will and cooperation which were focused on the future.

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