FCEF CEO notes too many in­dus­trial re­la­tions dis­putes trig­gered by not fol­low­ing the rules

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Fiji Com­merce and Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion be­lieves too many in­dus­trial re­la­tions dis­putes that end up in tri­bunal hear­ing are based on man­age­ment not fol­low­ing their own rules. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Nes­bit Hazel­man em­pha­sised this to ex­ec­u­tives at the 2016 Top Ex­ec­u­tives (TOPEX) Con­fer­ence held over the week­end. The two-day event which con­cluded on Satur­day was held at the Sof­i­tel Fiji Re­sort and Spa on Denarau Is­land. “Com­pa­nies, busi­ness we have the right to man­age. By man­age I mean the rules and the laws,” Mr Hazel­man said.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence on in­dus­trial re­la­tions in this coun­try is a lot of dis­putes that end up in tri­bunals are based on man­age­ment not fol­low­ing their own rules and they end up in tri­bunals and they of­ten lose. “It is im­por­tant you es­ca­late hu­man re­sources and in­dus­trial re­la­tions to a strate­gic board. “If you put your peo­ple cen­tral to your de­ci­sion mak­ing process and you know the peo­ple are the big­gest as­set to your or­gan­i­sa­tion. “You hire them, your re­cruit­ment poli­cies en­sure that they are well re­mu­ner­ated. “Most of these things come out and be­come prob­lems be­cause we don’t man­age them prop­erly. TOPEX is a ma­jor event of the Fiji Com­merce and Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion. Fiji Com­merce and Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion is the coun­try’s na­tional pri­vate sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tion. Hun­dreds of busi­nesses be­long, rang­ing from the small­est to pri­vate com­pa­nies to the largest pub­lic ones. Its Head­quar­ters are in Suva. Mr Hazel­man heads a staff which in­cludes a range of spe­cial­ists.

Photo: ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Fiji Com­merce and Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Nes­bit Hazel­man speak­ing to ex­ec­u­tives dur­ing the 2016 Top Ex­ec­u­tives (TOPEX) Con­fer­ence at the Sof­i­tel Fiji Re­sort and Spa on Denarau Is­land over the week­end.

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