Fiji Employers Ready For Talks With Unions, Government

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Labor law reforms needed to head of ILO inquiry

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 5, 2016) – The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation says it is ready to hold talks with the Government and Fiji Trades Union Congress to resolve labour law issues — and hopefully bring an end to any inclination by the International Labour Organisation to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into Fiji.

FCEF chief executive Nesbitt Hazelman said because of the seriousness of the issue, he had deferred leave during the festive season to ensure his team was ready for discussions with the Government and FTUC in regards to labour law reforms.

"We have been told that the meetings will start on January 4 and that the Solicitor General, Mr Sharvada Sharma, will call meetings as chairman of the Employment Relations Advisory Board," he said.

"It is imperative that we start early, bearing in mind that the ILO's tripartite mission arrives in the country on January 25. Our position has never changed. We are here to ensure that trade, employment and business in Fiji do not get affected.

"As I have always said, I believe that we can work through this and come to agreement before the ILO mission arrives and the onus is really on all of us to work together to find a common ground.

"This can be achieved by discussion."

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