Ministry to deal directly with municipal workers

Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar meets the Lautoka market vendors yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar meets the Lautoka market vendors. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

THE Ministry of Local Government will deal directly with municipal workers who are aggrieved about their working and salary conditions.

This was the word from Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar in response to a statement issued by the Fiji Local Government Officers Association on the working and salary conditions of Lautoka City Council (LCC) workers.

“The ministry has been in discussion with the workers and the CEO of the Lautoka City Council for months and we will sort out these issues with them directly,” he said. “We will not talk to any third parties.

“I can assure you that we have been in discussions with the workers and the CEO and we will look after our staff.”

LCC chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra confirmed discussions had been ongoing since last year between the workers and the council administration.

“Everything has a process and we are in talks with the ministry and our workers to sort out these issues,” he said.

Fiji Local Government Officers Association national president Rouhit Karan Singh had claimed the issues were discussed at a meeting almost 12 months ago.

He said following negotiations held on October 24, 2017, the parties had agreed to an increase in cost of living adjustment for staff by 5 per cent and a similar increase for unestablished staff.

He said he was concerned about the amount of time it was taking for the ministry and the LCC to approve what they had agreed upon during the meeting last year.

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