Friday, June 14, 2024
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Union workers to return to work today: Singh

The unionised workers of Fiji Water are returning to work today following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on the negotiations reached relating to their terms and conditions of employment.

The negotiations were facilitated through an informal mediation service intervention by former Magistrate Andrew See.

This process enabled the employer and union representatives to come to a mutually agreeable settlement.

The Ministry continued to closely monitor the progress and vibes that a settlement was imminent. While the right of the union to withdraw labour was respected, the positive response from both parties demonstrating the will to settle is very much appreciated.

The Minister for Employment, Productivity, and Industrial Relations Agni Deo Singh, expressed his sincere appreciation to both parties for their commitment and dedication to resolving the matter.

Singh encouraged continuous good-faith dialogue to address employment-related matters as stipulated under the Employment Relations Act 2007.

“I am pleased that both parties are satisfied with the outcome, as it will foster a positive work environment and enable Fiji Water to continue delivering the required services to its customers.”

“The settlement demonstrates Fiji Water’s commitment to improved workplace relations and is expected to provide stability and clarity for the unionised workers moving forward.”

“The Ministry will continue to monitor the implementation of the agreement and provide support where necessary to ensure harmonious workplace relations,” Singh said.

The Minister has also urged all employer and worker representatives to engage in good faith dialogue to settle workplace disputes, rather than allowing them to escalate to extreme actions.

“It is critical that both parties come together in a spirit of cooperation to find mutually acceptable and sustainable solutions.”

The Ministry’s team is always ready to facilitate mediation and resolution, while fully respecting the rights of all parties.”

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist |


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