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Ballot date set

Tevita Vuibau And Aqela Susu
Friday, September 22, 2017

THE Confederation of Public Sector Unions (CPSU) says they will go ahead with a secret ballot, allowing their 14,000 civil servant members to decide whether to walk off their jobs in a strike.

This decision was made yesterday despite insistence from the Registrar of Trade Unions and permanent secretary for Industrial Relations that the notice of secret ballot for the strike was rejected.

The secret ballot will be held from September 25 to October 6.

The move for a secret ballot for the strike was taken because of disagreements between the union and Government on issues to do with civil service reforms including "unilateral contractual appointments" and failure to negotiate collective agreement in breach of the Joint Implementation Report of 2015.

The Employment Relations Act (ERA) 2007 specifies a secret ballot can only take place if notice has been served to the registrar 21 days prior to the ballot, if the date, time and venue are specified and if the issues for the strike are stated.

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