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Bank, Finance Employees Union Regains Membership

Fiji Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union had regained membership after the Employment Relations (Amendment) Act 2016. Speaking during an interview at the Union’s Annual General meeting in Labasa, the
18 Jul 2016 11:49
Bank, Finance Employees  Union Regains Membership
Fiji Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union

Fiji Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union had regained membership after the Employment Relations (Amendment) Act 2016.

Speaking during an interview at the Union’s Annual General meeting in Labasa, the national secretary, Sailesh Naidu, said the bank employees have regained confidence in the union.

“The total number of members in Fiji we have now about 1300,” Mr Naidu said.

“Once it was 1800 before the Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree was introduced in 2011.

“We lost significant amount of members in five years.”

However, he said now their membership is increasing and there are many new workers in the systems who were never members of the union.

“Also there was fear within the employees over the past five  years because our union could not represent them than,” Mr Naidu said.

“That fear is now erasing after I visited them in their workplaces.

“Employees feel free and safe to discuss about their work related grievances and issues now.”

Mr Naidu said they have new members coming from all the five banks.

“Now we are recovering from the downfall of 2011,” he said.

“As you know that our resources were affected after the removal of union representations in 2011.”

Mr Naidu added there have been major changes in the work force since 2011.

“We are moving forward on a positive note.”

 

Edited by: Farzana Nisha

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