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FTUC Battles FICTU Over ERAB Move

The Fiji Trades Union Congress has objected to the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions’ fresh bid to join the Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB). This follows a statement released
10 Sep 2015 15:09
FTUC Battles FICTU Over ERAB Move
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jioji Konrote (left) and FTUC general secretary Felix Anthony.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress has objected to the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions’ fresh bid to join the Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB).

This follows a statement released by the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Union (FICTU) that it wants to be part of ERAB.

In the statement, FICTU’s general secretary Attar Singh called on Government to immediately begin direct dialogue with them through a reconstituted ERAB to settle International Labour Organisations (ILO) related labour issues so that ILO commission of inquiry could be avoided.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jioji Konrote was glad that FICTU wanted to also be part of the board.

Mr Konrote said if FICTU wanted to nominate a name it would be considered because Government was looking at a wider worker representation in ERAB.

He also urged the two unions groups to sort out their differences.

Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) general secretary Felix Anthony objected and said they did not welcome FICTU’s intention to join ERAB.

“If they want to join ERAB they have to join us again,” he said.

Mr Singh retorted that their appointment to join the board was not a matter to be decided by the board or FTUC.

“The Employment Relations Promulgations (ERP) law will decide that,” Mr Singh said.

He said the recommendation for FICTU’s appointment to the board had been previously made by the Parliamentary Sector Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights when they presented their report on the Employment Relations Bill No. 10 to Parliament.

“The Attorney-General himself has also clarified to Parliament that FICTU had not been appointed to the board because of FTUC’s objections,” Mr Singh said.

Mr Anthony said they did not know who FICTU represented other than the interests of the Fijian teachers.

He clarified that if FICTU wanted to rejoin FTUC they were very much welcomed to.

He also said that if FICTU wanted to talk about their differences, they were willing to talk.

However, Mr Singh said their differences would always be there but the matter of their appointment to the board had nothing to do with FTUC.

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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