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Voting rights

Shayal Devi
Monday, September 01, 2014

DESPITE choosing to remain apolitical during the upcoming polls, the Fiji Local Government Workers Association is urging people to exercise their voting rights.

The association held their annual general meeting in Lautoka over the weekend.

President Rouhit Singh said one of the issues that had come up during the meet was the Essential National Services (ENI) Decree 2011.

"There is a huge range of effects of ENI decree and we, the workers, lives and welfare are at stake," he said.

"Simply, we are neutralised.

"There have been changes to the way we work. Traditional working patterns have declined. Many people now work part-time or on short-term contracts.

"Workers are rotated unfairly without discussion. Job insecurity is a growing problem for people at work. Many people are unemployed or work under the constant threat of redundancy through reforms."

He said by seeing these problems, they were asking government to intervene and remove the ENI Decree 2011.

"We call on the government to intervene and assess the obstacles and challenges faced by workers in municipal councils in the absence of trade unions."

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