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Unions Saga: Tribunal denies orders by union

Both parties are before the Tribunal again on May 8 in Suva.
03 May 2019 10:02
Unions Saga: Tribunal denies orders by union
Former Water Authority of Fiji workers outside the Fiji Trade Union Congress office on May 1, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Lautoka Arbitration Tribunal, in an emergency hearing initiated by the National Union of Workers (NUW), has denied all four orders put forth by the union against the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF).

The Tribunal made it clear that when a contract has come to an end, the former employee is no longer authorised to enter the premises of the employer.

The Union had led its members to believe that they had contracts for an indefinite duration. WAF opposed this view and has taken the position that workers can either be Temporary Workers or Permanent Workers but every worker’s contract must be for a specified term.

To clarify confusion the Tribunal instructed WAF to issue a circular to all former employees whose contracts have ended, clearly outlining the details of the situation and instructions on how to apply for the next round of projects. The Union must also circulate this information.

Bhavesh Kumar, WAF board chairperson said: “As we have said from the beginning, you are more than welcome to apply for the next round of projects.

“We have provided all the information and our human resource teams are already processing applications.”

Mr Kumar thanked more than 650 workers who had already applied for the next round of projects.

The Tribunal has indicated that both sides must work together to resolve all other pending issues.

Both parties are before the Tribunal again on May 8 in Suva.

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