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Union Boss Thanks A-G Over Judge-Led Tribunal

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been praised for his move to set up a judge-led public service disciplinary tribunal. The praise came from the secretary of the Fiji Teachers Confederation
06 Nov 2016 11:00
Union Boss Thanks A-G Over Judge-Led Tribunal
Agni Deo Singh. Photo:FTUC

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been praised for his move to set up a judge-led public service disciplinary tribunal.

The praise came from the secretary of the Fiji Teachers Confederation Agni Deo Singh.

He thanked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for the move.

He said: “On behalf of the Fiji Teachers Union and Fijian Teachers Association I wish give our sincere appreciation to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for his kind intervention and directive to disband the unconstitutional disciplinary services board that was established by the Ministry of Education.

“The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum listened to our submission two weeks ago and called us yesterday (Friday) to advise us,” he said.

“We have also advised the Attorney-General there are a large number of victims of this unconstitutional disciplinary board in terms of the decisions they have dished out where people have been demoted, terminated or given other sorts of punishment,” he said.

Mr Singh said they had sought the intervention of the Ministry of Public Service to reinstate all these officers.

“If the ministry finds that they still wish to proceed with any disciplinary action then they must follow the procedure that has been laid out and make their submissions to the Public Service Discipline Tribunal as stated by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“There are indeed large numbers of officers and they have been through lot of trauma and lot of pain because of the way they have been treated by this illegal disciplinary staff board,” he said.

Mr Singh said they were now in the process of compiling the whole list of officers and they would be submitting this to the Solicitor-General as advised by the Attorney-General.

“We are hoping that speedy action will be taken to cost this sentences or decisions and reinstate them with full benefits.

“We have also submitted to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum several other concerns which we had earlier to the Ministry of Education along with the concern on the disciplinary services board,” he said.

Mr Singh said they had met with the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education Iowane Tiko on several occasions but they haven’t had any outcomes from those decisions, those meetings and we were compelled to approach Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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