Employment ministry refutes FTUC claim

FTUC general secretary Felix Anthony talks to ATS workers in this file picture. Picture: FT FILE

EMPLOYMENT Minister Jone Usamate has refuted Fiji Trades Union Congress’ claims that the Government had reneged on its undertaking to the International Labour Organization to respect trade union and workers’ rights.
FTUC general secretary Felix Anthony, while speaking at the organisation’s biennial delegates conference last Saturday in Nadi, claimed Government had reneged on this undertaking by limiting freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining and to organise for civil servants.
“This is a clear demonstration of bad faith and dishonesty by the Government,” Mr Anthony claimed.
“They agree to one thing, do something else entirely and then say that all is well in Fiji. All is not well, as we have seen with the forced implementation of individual contracts to civil servants.” Mr Usamate, while responding to questions from this newspaper, said civil servants enjoyed all the rights and freedoms of workers in the country.
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