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ERP Bill Needs To Be Revisited: FPSA

The Government should relook at the Employment Relations Promulgation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Fiji Public Service Association said yesterday. FPSA general secretary Rajeshwar Singh suggested that Government seek the assistance
16 Jun 2015 10:20
ERP Bill Needs To Be Revisited: FPSA

The Government should relook at the Employment Relations Promulgation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Fiji Public Service Association said yesterday.

FPSA general secretary Rajeshwar Singh suggested that Government seek the assistance of the International Labor Organisation (ILO). He made this suggestion while presenting the FPSA submission to the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the Employment Relations (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

“The Government should get together with the Employment Advisory Board, sort out the differences, and comply with ILO four Conventions; I think the Standing Committee must say this to the Government to please comply with ILO core Convention, that will do the job,”Mr Singh said.

Mr Singh said FPSA believed that ERP 2007(the main legislation) was a good piece of legislation apart from strike and lockout provisions and the criminalisation of offences.

“However Bill No.10 of 2015 contains clauses and parts of the ENI Decree 35/2011, which we highlighted in the appropriate manner for attention,” he said.

“We suggest that the identified clauses and parts be removed in full according to the requirements of the ILO core conventions mainly Convention No.87 on Freedom of Association and Convention No.98 on Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining. The clause on the Procedures and Powers of Arbitration Court in giving the Attorney-General to intervene into any dispute as a third party on the grounds of public importance was unnecessary and breached ILO Core Conventions 87 and 98.

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