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Shame For Them, Usamate Says Of FTUC Pullout

The decision by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) to pullout from any tripartite agreement has been ques­tioned by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate. “It’s
04 Sep 2018 12:42
Shame For Them, Usamate Says Of FTUC Pullout
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate during the ministry’s Government Roadshow in Sigatoka on September 3, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

The decision by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) to pullout from any tripartite agreement has been ques­tioned by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate.

“It’s a shame for them to do that,” he said while responding to the issue yesterday.

“We have mechanisms in place when it comes to tripartite issues. I think they must be having some sort of motives to come up with this idea and it’s really a shame.

“The Employment Relations Advisory Board is doing its work in dealing with tri­partite issues. I still haven’t received any of­ficial statement from them but I was alerted by one of the news reporters,” he added.

FTUC general secretary, Felix Anthony, said the decision to pull out from any tripar­tite discussions or boards was made after a meeting with union executives.

“I will be issuing a full statement soon, but yes we are pulling out from any tripartite agreements because the problems still re­main in Fiji’s industrial relations.

“We have seen that Government has started to dismantle the tripartite structures and they are only paying lip service to this coun­try,” Mr Anthony said.

Mr Anthony also said their issues before Government have not progressed.

Edited by Percy Kean

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