The Fiji Teachers Union General Secretary Agni Deo Singh has welcomed the recent rulings of the Employment Relations Tribunal for a hearing for individual worker’s redress.
“We are most happy that the rights of the individual employees are in Government ministries to seek redress through the employment tribunal by submitting individual grievances. The rights have now been restored and there is a fair hearing given to them,” he said.
“I think it’s a return to where we were before the decrees took away our fundamental rights.
“So, all public servants now can seek redress by submitting their individual grievances to the employment tribunal in the Ministry of Labour.”
In a recent case, a school teacher won an appeal against the Ministry of Education’s decision not to promote him to head teacher.
Chief Tribunal of the Employment Relations Tribunal, Sainivalati Kuruduadua, has ordered that Naseem Ali be promoted as a head teacher of Ahmadiyya Muslim Primary School of Lautoka.
Mr Singh said this would encourage others who had been victims of unfair decisions to submit their cases to the tribunal.
Source: Fiji Sun
Edited by Rusiate Mataika