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Both Parties Want To Move Forward Says Water Authority of Fiji Lawyer

The Tribunal will sit again on June 5 to sort out the 14 issues raised by the union.
08 May 2019 14:52
Both Parties Want To Move Forward Says Water Authority of Fiji Lawyer
From left: Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary Felix Anthony, SODELPA Member of Parliament Lynda Tabuya, WAF workers union rep Camari Kuruwale and Anasa Tuviniwai and Shiu Lingam of the National Union of Workers outside the Tribunal Court on May 7, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) lawyer Devanesh Sharma told the Fiji Sun after the Employment Relations Tribunal yesterday that both parties, the union and Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), want to move forward.

Mr Sharma said the last thing they wanted was misconception and misunderstanding between the two.

“If the two parties have the same mindset there won’t be any problems. We achieved that today,” he said.

The Tribunal will sit again on June 5 to sort out the 14 issues raised by the union.

The 14 issues are –

(1) Wage Review. (2) Long Service leave. (3) Sick Leave – The Union is seeking 15 days sick leave plus unused sick leave to be paid. (4) Accidents at workplace – The Union is seeking full pay for the period the employee is incapacitated. (5) Retirement Benefit – The Union is seeking payment of $2000 on retirement of an employee with 10 years of service or more. (6) Disciplinary Action. (7) Medical Insurance. (8) Sewer Allowance. (9) Diving Allowance. (10) Shift Allowance – The Union is seeking for $5 to be payable per shift. (11) Acting Allowance. (12) Wet Allowance. (13). Leave for sporting Activities and (14) Redundancy Pay as proposed by the Union – The Union is seeking 3 months’ pay plus 2 weeks’ pay for each year of service with the Employer.

Mr Sharma said the reason why they had taken a month to negotiate because they needed to appraise the Board as well as to whether these conditions were reasonable in the circumstances and whether they should agree on them.

“So it needs partisan agreement on both sides, mutual agreement on that so that’s the reason why we’ve taken a longer period.”

However, as requested by unionist Felix Anthony, WAF will give a list to the union of its members who are ‘Temporary Workers’ and ‘Permanent Workers’ by 4pm next Tuesday.

Mr Sharma said they would give them a list of disclosure, whatever positions that were occupied by the union members and this would be done by next Tuesday at 4pm.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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