Gender pay gap persists at 16 per cent as Australia marks Equal Pay Day

8th September 2016 marks Equal Pay Day in Australia—which should probably be renamed Unequal Pay Day. The wages gap between men and women is still a stubbornly high 16.2 per cent. The occasion coincides with John Howard’s much criticised remarks to the Press Club that women will never achieve equal representation in Parliament because ‘they play a significantly greater part of fulfilling the caring role in our communities, which inevitably places some limits on their capacity’. The ACTU has long been campaigning for equal pay and equal rights for women.

Organizing Workers in the Informal Economy – ILO ACTRAV Policy Brief

The aim of this policy brief is to assist workers’ organizations in understanding and tackling the injustices and decent work deficits associated with employment in the informal economy. It provides information and proposes strategies that can be used to organize, protect and promote the rights and interests of informal economy workers. organising-workers-in-the-informal-economy

FTUC National Minimum Wage Campaign gains momentum

The FTUC National Minimum Wage Campaign  for $4 FJD from the current $2-32 FJD  is gaining momentum as   our advertisements promoting awareness has now been aired on various media in Fiji. This initiative has been made  possible through support  from ILO ACTRAV  which allowed much needed  awareness materials to be produced and distributed as a result of  training held on May 4th & 5th in Fiji, cordinated by Ms Jotika Sharma, ILO Specialist on Workers Activities and consultant Bro  Raghwan.

National Secretary FTUC speaks at the campaign launch workshop in Nadi

” We need to reach out to the workers in the field,  and  media – especially television, and  radio are the most effective  forms. The current minimum wage is grossly inadequate.” says the National Secretary Mr Felix Anthony. In our ongoing field visits,  workers have brought  to our attention their continued sufferings and inability to put food on the table, coupled by  basic violations of their working rights.

” We are conducting national level consultations with workers on the minimum wage and  we have planned visits to all major towns and centers in Fiji. So far we are pleased with the level of interaction with the workers on this crucial campaign, they are becoming more aware of their right to freedom of association  and  to a fair and just wage.”

Here is the audio version of the promotion of the  minimum wage.

Click on  the  visual material  below for the promotion of the national minimum wage campaign.

The FTUC continues to receive  signatures on a daily basis in support of this national campaign. Forms are available at all union offices and  can be obtained from the FTUC office by emailing or calling on 3315377.

ILO- ACTRAV/FTUC Workshop Promoting Trade Union Education for Workers’ Rights, Organising and Decent Work

Labour education has historically played a vital role in the development of the trade union organisations and promoting union actions and still is an important means for securing workers’ rights and empowerment on issues in the world of work and for organizing in particular. FTUC in collaboration with ILO ACTRAV conducted a 2 day workshop from the 1st to the 2nd August 2016 at the Capricorn Hotel in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop also focused on the role of International Labour Organisation Standards in promoting enabling environment for organizing and labour education and to strengthen capacities of the unions in Fiji for organizing and promoting decent work.

The training programme was aimed to:

  1. Develop educators’ capacities to implement effective education programs;
  2. Develop a trade union education policy; and
  3. Promote communication exchange & networking amongst unions for labour education, organizing and actions for decent work in Fiji.

In Fiji, a number of challenges are still faced by the trade unions, starting with inadequate respect for Tripartite, social dialogue, Freedom of Association (FoA) and Collective Bargaining rights. However, Fiji is currently moving forward in implementing Freedom of Association, workers’ rights, Collective Bargaining and Decent Work, with the current review in labour laws.

Thus there is a need to train trade union leaders, especially Youth and Women, to strengthen their capacities for organizing in representing and negotiating workers interests.