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Row Over Union Membership Fees

A row has broken out between the breakaway Fiji Hotel Workers’ Union (FHWU) and the National Union of Hotel and Catering Employees (NUHCE). The FHWU has accused the NUHCE’s general secretary,
01 Jul 2016 11:15
Row Over Union Membership Fees
Dan Urai

A row has broken out between the breakaway Fiji Hotel Workers’ Union (FHWU) and the National Union of Hotel and Catering Employees (NUHCE).

The FHWU has accused the NUHCE’s general secretary, Daniel Urai, of delaying the release of some of its members from his union.

Mr Urai has, however, refuted the claim.

The breakaway union is the first formed under a provision of the Employment Relations Promulgation Amendment Act 2015. The ERP is aimed at giving members a choice to form a separate union if they are not happy with their union’s performance.

FHWU general secretary Luke Tavuyara claimed already more than 120 workers, mainly from Mana Island Resort, had pulled out of NUHCE.

Mr Tavuyara claimed close to 30 members had already signed their withdrawals which were with Mr Urai’s office. He  claimed the withdrawals, lodged six weeks ago, had not been processed.

“Since he is holding it up, all their union deductions are still being received by his office,” he said.

Mr Tavuyara said he had made repeated attempts to sort this out but to no avail.

Hotel workers are levied $3 each a week as union dues.

Mr Tavuyara said they broke away from NUHCE because Mr Urai had failed to fight for some of the workers who had been terminated from the resort.

But Mr Urai said: “I am presently fighting for the reinstatement of five workers who have had their employment terminated at Mana Island Resort.

“I don’t know about how many workers have asked for withdrawal and how many have withdrawn.”

Mr Urai said Mr Tavuyara formed the breakaway union at the same time Mereani Qoro stood against him in union elections last year.

“I have members at Mana and I am looking after their interests,” Mr Urai said. No comment could be obtained from the ministry yesterday.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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