FCEF pleased with ruling

Water Authority of Fiji staff members during a protest at the Suva depot in Wailoku. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation says it is “very pleased” with the ruling by the International Labour Organization’s Committee on the Application of Standards on Fiji.

“There was a lot of goodwill shared by all parties concerned — Government, through the Employment and Industrial Relations permanent secretary Osea Cawaru and the workers through Fiji Trades Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony,” said FCEF chief executive officer Nesbitt Hazelman.

“At the end of the day, we live in a very small country and we are able to work together to address the issues highlighted by the committee.

“The areas discussed — review of Essential National Industries and review of labour law reforms to ensure compliance to ILO conventions that Fiji is signatory to — are not insurmountable.

“There was no talk of a Commission of Inquiry and on behalf of the employers of Fiji, I would like to commend the input of ambassador Nazhat Shameem, Mr Cawaru and Mr Anthony in the positive outcome of our discussions.

“Everyone has gone on record to respect the committee’s ruling and we look forward to following this through as soon as we return to Fiji.”

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