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Water Authority Of Fiji: Project Workers Were Not Permanent Staff

A number of workers contracts have not been extended beyond May 1.
27 Apr 2019 10:27
Water Authority Of Fiji: Project Workers Were Not Permanent Staff
WAF board chairperson, Bhavesh Kumar, WAF board director, Kamal Gounder and WAF board director, Hemant Kumar during a site inspection at the Vaturu Dam. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

Contracts of Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) project workers have not been extended beyond May 1 following the restructure of the organisation.

The employees the WAF were letting go were project workers and not permanent staff.

A number of workers contracts have not been extended beyond May 1.

It is believed that contracts of some 2900 project workers may end on that date.

In response to Fiji Trades Union Congress and National Workers Union national secretary Felix Anthony, the WAF chairman Bhavesh Kumar, last night clarified that WAF was undergoing a restructure.

Mr Anthony said there was a collective agreement between WAF and the union and that due processes must be followed.

Mr Kumar said: “The claims made by Mr Felix Anthony are refuted by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF).

It is a fact that WAF is going through a restructure and the authority will finalise its employee numbers shortly.

“The interpretation of the provisions of the Collective Agreement by the union is an issue before the Arbitration Court and it would not be fair to make any public comment regarding same at this stage.”

Mr Anthony has also insinuated that there may be an industrial action in light of this decision by WAF to restructure the organisation.

Edited by Percy Kean

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