Ministry sets focus

GOVERNMENT has high chances of reducing the unemployment rate of 6.9 per cent, says Minister for Labour Semi Koroilavesau.

He said Fiji was still doing well with this rate compared with international standards. The employment rate is based on a survey conducted for the year 2010 to 2011. Mr Koroilavesau said if the present positive trend continued this year, there were high chances of Government reducing the unemployment rate in Fiji.

The minister was responding to a report released by the International Labour Organization titled ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2016, global unemployment was projected to rise in both 2016 and 2017, which predicted an increase in unemployment in the next two years globally.

ILO director-general Guy Ryder, in the report, said, “The lack of decent jobs leads people to turn to informal employment, which is typically characterised by low productivity, low pay and no social protection.”

However, Mr Koroilavesau said the Fijian Government was well aware of the issue.

“Our reformed labour laws have incorporated the eight core ILO Conventions which stipulates the decent and productivity charter principles and rights. The labour inspectors are promoting awareness as well as the enforcement of these reformed laws and to make sure that employers comply with all the minimum employment conditions,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“The workers are trained by OHS and labour inspectors to understand their rights as stipulated on both legislations — Employment Relations Promulgation 2007 and Health and Safety at Work Act 1996.”

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