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Progress At Last!

Progress At Last!
November 02
10:14 2015

There is a positive vibe that trade union heads and Government could finally see things eye to eye.
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau, has told Fiji Sun that he was content with the outcome of a meeting he had with the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC).
The two parties met last Saturday ahead of the Geneva meeting this month.
“The meeting involved Government and FTUC President Daniel Urai, Felix Anthony and Agni Deo Singh. I was very happy with the outcome,” Mr Koroilavesau said.
“We have come to an understanding. We had agreed on a position and I’m quite happy about it.”
The unions had earlier rejected signing a joint report by them, Government and Employers to the International Labour Organisation.
They were saying there could be a Commission of Inquiry into Fiji which Mr Koroilavesau said was not good for Fiji and its workers.
This is the joint report that is expected to be studied by the ILO after its submission at the Geneva meeting on November 11.
The ILO after studying it will then decide whether to institute a Commission of Inquiry into Fiji or not.
Mr Koroilavesau has yet to brief the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, before he could reveal any further details.
When contacted yesterday, Mr Anthony refused to comment.
In an earlier interview, Mr Koroilavesau said he had met with union leaders and members when Mr Anthony was in Singapore.
He said they were happy with his briefing and this included Mr Deo and Mr Urai who were briefing Mr Anthony while he was in Singapore.
Mr Koroilavesau said he remained optimistic that his meeting with Mr Anthony would be positive.
With the outcome of the meeting on Saturday, Mr Koroilavesau was hopeful the unions would sign a document that he would take with him to the Geneva meeting.

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