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Employers Briefed On Geneva Update

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday briefed members of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation on issues highlighted in Geneva and the way forward for Fiji in labour relations. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum
18 Apr 2015 12:03
Employers Briefed On Geneva Update
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Service and Public Enterprises, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (standing right), greets Jasper Singh of Lami Town Council during the Essential National Industries (ENI), seminar at A-G’s Chamber in Suva yesterday. Photo: Rama

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday briefed members of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation on issues highlighted in Geneva and the way forward for Fiji in labour relations.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum reiterated the need to move away from antagonistic relationship that has traditionally existed between employers, union and Government.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said a commission of inquiry was certainly not in favour of Fiji and remarked that other countries have had more blatantly disregarded the core values of the International Labour Organisation but had not faced any repercussions.

Ironically the Commission of Inquiry has set only 11 times and once the findings against Germany were shelved given Germany’s place amongst other nations.

He informed the members that a thorough review of the Essential National Industries (ENI), Decree will be undertaken and Government has already started the process of complying with its commitments undertaken in Geneva.

The Attorney-General also confirmed that yesterday some private sector employers met with him in his office to hold further discussions.

He also encouraged employers to engage in good practices and to highlight the plight of those workers in other companies who may not be treated well.

While giving an example of the tourist industry, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said many employers of the industry had wanted it to come under the ambit of the ENI. Government refused to do so knowing that there have been cases of tourism workers being exploited by their employers.

He has also reaffirmed Government’s commitment to meet the deadlines as discussed in Geneva.

A review of the ENI Decree needs to be undertaken before the August sitting of Parliament and implemented by October.

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