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Government, Anthony On Collision Course Over Labour Reforms

Felix Anthony says that the Fiji Trade Union Congress will head to Geneva in November and report that Fiji has not complied with the core International Labour Organisation conventions. But
04 Oct 2015 12:40
Government, Anthony On Collision Course Over Labour Reforms
iji Trade Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony (front) and Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jioji Konrote at the TOPEX Conference yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO NEWS

Felix Anthony says that the Fiji Trade Union Congress will head to Geneva in November and report that Fiji has not complied with the core International Labour Organisation conventions.

But the Government has said before it has complied with the ILO conventions and recently passed a new law called the Employment Relations Promulgation Amendment Act which has addressed labour relations issues.

Mr Anthony, the FTUC general secretary, yesterday addressed participants at the Top Executive Conference at the Warwick Fiji.

 

Consultation

He said that while an agreement was signed in Geneva in March, since coming back to Fiji, the tripartite partners have not consulted.

Government has often stressed that Fiji now complies with the core ILO conventions and six issues that had been identified in Geneva.

However, Mr Anthony, who led the People’s Democratic Party in last year’s general election and failed to win a seat, claimed that Fiji had not complied with the ILO conventions.

“We are also aware of what the ILO has to say about these decrees and we are aware that these decrees violated core ILO conventions. We’re also very clear what needs to be done.

“ILO not only know these decrees are in violation but recommended how to correct those violations. This has been ongoing since 2011 and in 2012 was the first time when ILO decided it should consider a Commission of Inquiry to Fiji.”

Mr Anthony said FTUC has proud history of working with FCEF and other stakeholders and “of knowing where compromises need to be made”.

“We are prepared to go down that path. Are prepared to be part of the ERAB Board as long as it’s based on equality and as long as there is sincerity.”

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