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Trade Unions Briefed

Nine trade unions turned out yesterday for a briefing session at the Fijian Elections Office regarding their upcoming trade union elections. Yesterday’s sessions were attended by representatives of the Fijian
28 Jan 2015 10:16
Trade Unions Briefed

Nine trade unions turned out yesterday for a briefing session at the Fijian Elections Office regarding their upcoming trade union elections.

Yesterday’s sessions were attended by representatives of the Fijian Teachers Association, Fiji Teachers Union, the Fiji Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union, Hot Bread Workers Union, National Union of Municipal Workers, Fiji Longshoremen Union, Fiji Public Service Association, National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers and also the Fiji Nurses Association.

The Fiji Nurses Association also showed great interest in the SMS voting platform for its election. It found the tool to be an effective method when it came to accessibility to the election for its members in the essential services sector.

Three sessions have been organised.

Two more sessions are scheduled at the Waterfront in Lautoka on Thursday, January 29 2014, for the benefit of West-based trade unions.

“The main objective of the session was to introduce to trade unions the new standards and concepts that the FEO will be requiring in trade union elections,” said Mohammed Saneem, Supervisor of Elections who conducted the sessions.

The Fijian Elections Office has introduced the following five standards in Trade Union Elections that are aimed at enhancing the transparency and accountability of the system and at the same time giving credibility to the entire electoral process.

“Following the conclusion of the reports required for the 2014 General Election, we have had the opportunity to study the constitutions of all the trade unions and also following discussions with some executives, the above standards were found to be the most effective as an introductory measure. We will continue to work with Trade Unions to enhance the electoral processes and also to create more awareness,” Mr Saneem said.

As there are no registered trade unions in the Northern Division, any session for them will be considered based on the demand. Interested persons are requested to register their interest to attend any of the sessions with Mr. Joni Sau on email: joni.sau@elections.gov.fj or on phone 3316225.

 

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