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FLP to restore permanent civil servants status

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE Fiji Labour Party says it will restore the permanent employment status of civil servants if it forms the next government.

FLP candidate Arvin Datt said the party wanted to bring the prestige and honour back to people who wanted to work in the civil service.

"We need to get away with the contractual employment status of civil servants.

"The management level could be an exception and negotiated upon," Mr Datt said.

"The performance measure is very critical and shall be done in fairness to both employers and employees."

Mr Datt said it was an honour before for people to work in the civil service.

He claimed that morale was down now in the civil service because people were not sure about their job status.

"We need to get the permanent employment status back in the civil service, just like teachers who are employed permanently.

"There is no motivation and no guaranteed career development within the civil service right now.

"Job security is not there and we need to take away that fear and motivate civil servants.

"In doing so, the recognition of union representatives is important.

"We need trade unions to ensure that employees are not exploited by their employers."

Mr Datt also said Cost of Living Adjustment was necessary every year for the workers, saying it had nothing to do with performance at work.

He said COLA payments to workers annually had to be in line with the inflation rate.

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