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Shame For Them, Usamate Says Of FTUC Pullout

Shame For Them, Usamate Says Of FTUC Pullout
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate during the ministry’s Government Roadshow in Sigatoka on September 3, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
September 04
12:42 2018

The decision by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) to pullout from any tripartite agreement has been ques­tioned by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate.

“It’s a shame for them to do that,” he said while responding to the issue yesterday.

“We have mechanisms in place when it comes to tripartite issues. I think they must be having some sort of motives to come up with this idea and it’s really a shame.

“The Employment Relations Advisory Board is doing its work in dealing with tri­partite issues. I still haven’t received any of­ficial statement from them but I was alerted by one of the news reporters,” he added.

FTUC general secretary, Felix Anthony, said the decision to pull out from any tripar­tite discussions or boards was made after a meeting with union executives.

“I will be issuing a full statement soon, but yes we are pulling out from any tripartite agreements because the problems still re­main in Fiji’s industrial relations.

“We have seen that Government has started to dismantle the tripartite structures and they are only paying lip service to this coun­try,” Mr Anthony said.

Mr Anthony also said their issues before Government have not progressed.

Edited by Percy Kean

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