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MPs Hear Of Effectiveness Of Mediation Services

MPs Hear Of Effectiveness Of Mediation Services
From left: Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu, with the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate outside Parliament on March 12, 2018. Photo: Parliament of Fiji
March 13
12:11 2018

Mediation Services provided by the Ministry for Em­ployment, Productivity and Employment Relations have been effective.

This was the advice of the Minister for Employment Jone Usamate while respond­ing to MP Howard Politini’s question in Parliament yes­terday.

Mr Usamate said the ser­vices have been effective in terms of trying to address is­sues brought up by employees through grievances or dis­putes that were brought up by the trade unions.

He said in the past, a person could only raise grievances if he/she was a member of a trade union.

Mr Usamate said with this new legislation people could bring their issue to the min­istry where the mediation services were used to resolve their issues.

In terms of statistics in areas of unfair dismissal brought to the mediation ser­vices, Mr Usamate said 87 per cent of cases were solved suc­cessfully, 64 per cent of dis­advantaged cases and 87 per cent of unfair dismissal cases were mediated successfully.

He said in-terms of strikes or lockouts mediation was a tool used by the ministry at any time of a grievance and dispute.

“The ministry’s philosophy is that those who create the conflict should be held pri­marily responsible to resolve the conflict,” Mr Usamate said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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