Talks a ‘sham’
Reporter – Felix Chaudhary – Fiji Times
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Picture: Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary Felix Anthony.
THE Fiji Trades Union Congress has labelled recent talks organised by the Government for a proposed review of the Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree as a “sham”.
FTUC National Secretary Felix Anthony questioned why trade unions and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation were not invited to the consultations which were hosted by the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and Employment Minister Jioje Konrote earlier this week.
“This is just a show, prior to Government meeting with the International Labour Organisation’s governing body in Geneva,” he said.
“The ILO and its governing body has already made very clear that a number of decrees have to be repealed and this includes the Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree and Administration of Justice Decree, among others. The A-G knows this because the recommendation from the ILO and its governing body are with Government.”
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum issued a statement on Tuesday saying employer and employee groups that fell under the provisions of the decree had had consultations with himself and Employment Minister Jioje Konrote on Monday.
He said any changes to the decree would take place within the context of ensuring sustainability of employment, job creation and the economic well-being of all Fijians.
The A-G said once the review was completed, any proposed amendments to the law would be submitted to Cabinet for consideration and eventually be introduced in Parliament.