Minister says door open to unions

Biu Waqaniburotu, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort area director Human Resources with Employment Minister Parveen Kumar and national minimum wage consultant Dr Partha Gangopadhyay at the Nadi consultation yesterday. Picture FELIX CHAUDHARY

WE have always opened our doors to the unions to discuss issues affecting workers in the country and we will continue to do that, says Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity Minister Parveen Kumar.

He made the comment during a press conference after a national minimum wage consultation in Nadi yesterday.

“From the day I took this office I have been engaging with the unions and I will continue to do so,” he said.

“Even for these consultations, we had invited the trade unions to be a part of the consultation process and they have responded by saying their submission will be put forward at the Employment Relations Advisory Board and I respect their decision — as long as they participate.

“After these consultations, the recommendations will come to my ministry, I will take it to ERAB and then I will take it to the Solicitor-General’s Office — and the unions will be part of the process if they wish to participate.”

Mr Kumar said work was progressing well in regards to ongoing issues with employment law reforms and an agreement facilitated by the International Labour Organization and signed between Government, the Fiji Trades Union Congress and Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation.

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