The National Secretary FTUC Mr Felix Anthony has reiterated that all labour laws in the country MUST respect and adhere to the ILO Conventions. Mr Anthony is hopeful the Government of Fiji especially the law-makers will ensure that this is the intent of the ongoing reforms of labour laws in the country.
The Bill No 10 of 2015 tabled in Parliament on May 22nd is now referred to the Standing Committee on Human Rights, Law and Justice which will present its submissions to the Parliamentary session in July.
The FTUC hopes good sense will prevail for the betterment of all workers in Fiji where their rights to join unions and to collective bargaining will be restored and check-off systems resumed. The Core ILO Convention 87 and 98 safeguard workers rights to join unions and to engage in collective bargaining on employment relations issues. These rights were enshrined in the Employment Relations Promulgations 2007 which covered all workers and had been taken away through numerous decrees enacted in the past few years. The ERP , which had taken 10 plus years to be promulgated was a result of extensive tripartite and civil sector involvement, and resulted in a comprehensiveness and inclusive piece of legislation for protecting workers in Fiji.Fiji has ratified all 8 core ILO Conventions, with C87 ratified in 2002 and C98 in 1974.
The National Secretary further stated that FTUC’s concerns have remained focused on human rights in Fiji all these years and that it was obligation of government to ensure all workers were protected in the country. He further elaborated on the fact that poverty levels continued increasing, squatter settlements extending, and unemployment and underemployment numbers spiraling.
Mr Anthony will be presenting our progress report on the MOU to the ILC in the coming weeks. The FTUC remains steadfast that the ENI must be repealed. We attach for your perusal the Bill No 10 of 2015 on ERP Amendments.
Attachment : ERP Amendment Bill No 10 of 2015