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Give civil servants a pay rise, FLP urges Govt

 

Jul 08, 2022 01:12:44 PM

Give civil servants a pay rise, FLP urges Govt Public Service workers have not received a general pay increase since 2017 to compensate them for increases in the cost of living, says Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry.

Chaudhry said in contrast, unions/workers in the private sector or Government commercial companies or statutory bodies have been able to negotiate pay increases in the form of bonuses or productivity payments and so on.

The former Prime Minister in a statement said claims for pay increases by the civil service unions have not been entertained by the Ministries of Civil Service and the Economy both of which are headed by Minister Aiyaz-Sayed Khaiyum.

He said these workers and their unions have been denied their right to collective bargaining as guaranteed in the Employment Relations Act 2007.

“This is a gross violation of their constitutional rights (S20).”

“Public sector unions must receive due recognition as collective bargaining agents for their members but this is denied them by the Fiji First Government which has over the years since 2009 engaged in a deliberate campaign to decimate the trade union movement through oppressive legislation or by administrative practices.”

“It is time now to correct the situation and accord fair treatment to Fiji’s 30,000 (thirty thousand) civil servants and members of the Disciplined Services. Their rights and privileges must be restored in compliance with the Constitution and the laws of the country.”

“We are informed by the union officials that their log of claims for pay reviews and improvement to service conditions end up inevitably in the Labour Court because of the Public Service Commission’s refusal to negotiate.

“Cost of living has risen phenomenally since 2017. Civil Servants must be granted a (negotiated) pay increase for which adequate provision should be made in the 2022/23 Budget,” he added.

By Reginald Chandar

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