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Fiji Replies To ILO Mission’s Report

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote, this week presented Fiji’s response to the report of the Direct Contacts Mission (DCM) which visited Fiji in October this
15 Nov 2014 07:35
Fiji Replies To ILO Mission’s Report
The Minister for Employment Productivity and Industrial Relations Jioje Konrote in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote, this week presented Fiji’s response to the report of the Direct Contacts Mission (DCM) which visited Fiji in October this year.

This was at the 322nd session of the International Labour Organisation’s governing body (ILO GB).

His response included an account of recent constitutional, legal and political developments in Fiji, including the September 2014 elections.

The minister also highlighted that the Fijian Constitution has a robust Bill of Rights which prescribes socio-economic rights in addition to civil and political rights for all Fijians.

The Constitution, he said, placed an obligation on the State in securing and advancing these rights.

These include the right to freedom of association, freedom of expression, the right to fair employment relations (including the right to collective bargaining) and the right to proper working conditions.

Added to those are socio-economic rights including the right to a just minimum wage and free education.

In this context, he also highlighted the Government’s initiative in increasing the income tax threshold, subsidised electricity, free medicine and free water.

Mr Konrote informed the ILO’s GB that Fiji welcomed their October visit.

He assured the governing body that the Fijian government was formulating a process for the consideration of the recommendations. The government, he said, is to report on progress made by the next governing body session in March 2015.

Accordingly, Mr Konrote expressed the Government’s appreciation of the ILO GB’s acknowledgement of progress made by Fiji and its subsequent decision, taken this week in Geneva, to defer the decision on the agenda item on Fiji until the March 2015 session.

He added that the Fijian Government had prepared a proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the tripartite partners as a platform for progress in the review and consideration of the recommendations made by the DCM.

He said he was confident that the signing of this MOU would be a significant step towards improved labour relations in Fiji.

He also looked forward to working with employers and workers in a spirit of genuine respect and good faith – with the overall objective to sustain livelihood including creating and sustaining jobs and facilitating economic growth.

Mr Konrote expressed his gratitude to member states, especially the Asia-Pacific Group, in particular China and India. The states commended Fiji for the way in which it responded to the visit of the DCM and for the significant progress made by Fiji in the areas of concern to the ILO.

He was accompanied to the ILO session by the Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the ILO Nazhat Shameem Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative Namita Khatri and Principal Legal Officer Salaseini Daunabuna.

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