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No Protest by Water Authority of Fiji Workers

They will report to work today assures Anthony but WAF official blames union for misinforming members
01 May 2019 12:36
No Protest by Water Authority of Fiji Workers
National Union of Workers rep, Camari Kuruwale during question answer session with Water Authority of Fiji Management reps regarding end of their employment term at WAF Wailoku depot on April 30, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

There will be no protest today by Water Authority of Fiji workers whose contracts have expired.

National Union of Workers general secretary Felix Anthony said the workers would turn up to work today.

“And if they are not allowed in, then they will just stay out,” he said.

Mr Anthony also said yesterday that he stood by what he said earlier about the workers being laid off. But WAF operations general manager, Sekove Uluinayau, has blamed the union for misinforming the workers.

He urged the workers to talk to the management to get the correct information about the nature of their work.

Mr Uluinayau said they were recruited to work as Temporary Workers, which meant that when their project ended their contract too ended.

The other group, he said, was the Permanent Workers but they also signed a three-year contract. They will reapply he said when their contract ended.

Mr Uluinayau said when they applied their application it would be prioritised.

Mr Anthony said: “We have stated the facts and we stand by it. Tomorrow (today) is May Day where the world celebrates workers’ rights.

“But here in Fiji we have more than 2000 workers who will lose their jobs.”

A union member who wants to remain anonymous said they would report to work today and if the gate would be closed to them, they would sit in front of the gate. The other group he said was the Permanent Workers but they also signed a three years contract.At a meeting in Wailoku in Suva yesterday workers were told about the processes used.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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