Show must go on

Min­is­ter Bala says Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions Ad­vi­sory Board (ERAB) meet­ing will con­tinue with or with­out Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC).

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The Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions Ad­vi­sory Board (ERAB) meet­ing will con­tinue with or with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC).

This was stated by the Min­is­ter

for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity, and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions, Parveen Bala, who high­lighted that a stale­mate on the ap­point­ment of the ERAB re­mained be­cause of the boy­cott process by work­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives. “This has been part of a con­tin­ued show of de­fi­ance and no co-op­er­a­tion on the part of the work­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tives, that is, the trade union,” Mr Bala said. How­ever, SODELPA Op­po­si­tion mem­ber Mikaele Leawere told Mr Bala that it was not boy­cotting, but the union feel­ing that their views were not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion by the Govern­ment.

The two out­stand­ing mat­ters high­lighted by Mr Bala was the re­view of the labour laws, which he said could not be pro­cessed be­cause of the boy­cott by the unions.

The other con­cerns the re­view of the list of es­sen­tial ser­vices and in­dus­tries whereby the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion will fa­cil­i­tate the work­shop for so­cial part­ners. FTUC pres­i­dent Daniel Urai said Mr Bala should clar­ify be­fore Par­lia­ment the rea­sons why the work­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives were not present at the ERAB tri­par­tite fo­rum. “The dif­fi­culty was with Govern­ment. What we ex­pe­ri­enced was that the peo­ple they sent to the ERAB tri­par­tite fo­rum did not have a man­date to make a de­ci­sion for Govern­ment,” Mr Urai said.

“So, it was dif­fi­cult to con­tinue a sen­si­ble dis­cus­sion for the amend­ment on the labour laws .... It is very un­for­tu­nate.”

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