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Trade Union Against Strike

Trade Union Against Strike
October 15
11:45 2017

The Transport Workers Union is not encouraging bus drivers to go on strike.

It is opting for dialogue to resolve issues.

The union’s general secretary, Kamlesh Kumar, confirmed the union’s position last night at the Fijian Teachers Association Hall in Suva. About 20 bus drivers attended the meeting.

Mr Kumar said the meeting was just an informal gathering where drivers would come together and discuss any issues they were facing.

“We are here to talk with them and hear their concerns. It’s an informal gathering and this is one union that does not talk about going on a strike.

“We are not even thinking about it, these are early stages. We believe in effective communication. It’s important to get in touch with the employers,” Mr Kumar said.

He said if the employers refused to get in touch with them or negotiate with them then they would resort to other avenues such as taking the drivers’ concerns to the Employment Tribunal.

“Strike is a no! no!”

Meanwhile, Mr Kumar said the whole purpose of yesterday’s meeting was to hear the plight of the bus industry workers.

He said some drivers faced poor working conditions and very low wages. He said it was time to give a voice for the drivers.

“We want to ensure that we enter into negotiations with the respective employers and see that their wages are increased to a level that is suitable to the current cost of living,” he said.

He said something like $350 to $400 a week could be reasonable and this was something they wanted to work towards.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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