WOMEN in the public service industry have been praised for their civic duties.
While speaking at the Fiji Public Service Association annual general meeting in Lautoka yesterday, general secretary Rajeshwar Singh said the association stood united with all women working in the public service.
"The FPSA joins its members and all women around Fiji in celebrating their achievements today, March 8, 2014," he said.
"The association promotes the work of women trade unionists and stands united with all of our sisters who deliver vital public services."
Mr Singh said the depressed labour market had pushed many women out of jobs which were usually short-term, part-time, temporary, casual or informal.
"The jobs are lowly paid and unsecure. The gender wage gap also remains a reality across the board, including the public sector," Mr Singh said.
He said the national minimum wage (NMW) announced on January 31, 2014, of $2per/hour does not meet the basic needs poverty line (BNPL).
"The NMW should be relevant to the poverty line and thus no less than $4 to $4.20 per hour.
"To truly reverse growing inequality in jobs and pay for women, policies must be implemented rather than clauses in the 2013 Constitution's on economic rights for the basic social security to protect standards of living, guarantees that include universal access to essential health care and basic income security to protect standards of living."