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On his priority list

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, May 24, 2014

ALTHOUGH unable to identify which political party he intends to join as he steps into the political arena, former trade unionist Attar Singh yesterday made it clear what was at the top of his priority list.

In a press conference in Suva yesterday, Mr Singh said in joining the political circuit, he hoped to address issues relating to workers' right, worker dignity and decent jobs in Fiji.

He said this included the forced retirement of thousands of civil servants by the unilateral reduction of retirement age from 60 years to 55 years.

"And unlawfully throwing out our legal challenge from the courts, the trashing of our arbitration awards granting pay increase rights to civil servants, the denial of access to industrial justice to civil servants (and) the denial of union fees check off to civil service unions," Mr Singh said.

"The draconian essential industries decree and the denial of proper collective bargaining rights, barring of trade unionists from representing members in essential industries, denial of right to check off facilities and consequent erosion of benefits, etc."

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