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Bargaining Unit

The first Bargaining Unit under the new Employment Relations Promulgation Amendment Act 2015 is in its embryonic stage and could be born soon. Disgruntled workers can no longer work with
12 Oct 2015 08:46
Bargaining Unit
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) with his team at the Sydney Desalination Plant. Photo: PM's Office

The first Bargaining Unit under the new Employment Relations Promulgation Amendment Act 2015 is in its embryonic stage and could be born soon.

Disgruntled workers can no longer work with their union because of what they claim is the continuing suppression of their rights to voice their grievances about union activities.

Pocket meetings are now being conducted before the big meeting is called to form the Bargaining Unit. The unit, when registered, is like a trade union. It will have bargaining rights to negotiate directly with employers about pay and working conditions.

The disgruntled workers claim their union had failed to address their concerns. Trade union leaders reject the new ERP precisely because of the threat posed by the Bargaining Unit on their numbers, their finances and their strength.

But the workers in question welcome the new ERP because it gives them an alternative voice.

 

WORKING FOR THE WORKERS

Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations staff probably do more work than trade unions in fighting for the rights of workers. Considering that they handle grievances from more than 70 per cent of the country’s workers who are non-unionised.

Fewer than 30 per cent are unionised.

The ministry should now consider recognising an advocate for the non-unionised who should also sit on ERAB (Employment Relations Advisory Board) as rep of the largest category of workers

 

CHAIR CHANGE

Will a certain standing order be amended and will we see a change in the sometimes controversial chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee?

Since some are oh so fond of looking up to Australia, it is worth noting that amongst our neighbours, the chair of the committee similar to PAC is a Government nominee. Will we take our cue from the Aussies?

 

ONI (AGAIN)

Talking about Australia. We have Australians of Fijian origin who while paying their taxes in Australia, and holding onto their Australian passport, still want to tell us how to run things here.

Such as Oni Kirwin, who is known to shoot her mouth on everything and anything here. She has now been heard saying she is meeting with Turnbull and Bishop about Fiji! Yeps, just like she claimed she was off to London to meet the Queen. And some still believe her?

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 




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