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AG holds discussion with ILO Mission

 

Jan 28, 2016 07:00:26 AM

AG holds discussion with ILO Mission Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, held a fruitful discussion with the tripartite mission from the International Labour Organization (ILO) yesterday.

The tripartite mission has held several meetings in Fiji this week, including with the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama; the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Mr. Semi Koroilasevu; the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights; the FTUC; the FCCI; the FICTU; the FCEF; the FMA; the FPSA; and the Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB).

FTUC National Secretary Mr. Felix Anthony attended the ERAB meeting, the first time since May 2015.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum informed the tripartite mission that the check-off provision, which allows union dues to be deducted from employee pay checks, is in place. All individual employees need to give their consent before dues are deducted.

“It is important for workers to agree before the money they earn is deducted from their pay for any reason. They have earned this money, it is their property and no one should be able to take it without their express permission,” said the AG.

The Government had agreed last year to reinstate all employment grievances that stood before the tribunal before they were terminated by the Essential National Industries Decree (ENID). 

Government also recommended last year that the notice given for strikes be reduced from 28 days to 14 days. The AG said at the upcoming Parliamentary session meeting, Government will enact legislative changes that will give effect to both of these reforms.

“These were fruitful discussions conducted in an atmosphere of good will and cooperation which were focused on the future,” he said.

By Reginald Chandar

 

 

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