The Director General International Labour Organisation , Mr Guy Ryder, reinforced through a strong message to the tripartite partners in Fiji of ILO’s continued support to ongoing labour law reforms in Fiji. This was the pledge made by the DG to the FTUC’s 46th Biennial Delegates Conference held in Nadi on May 7th 2016. For full video message see http://www.facebook.com/FTUC1/?fref=ts
“As the voice and representative of workers in Fiji, the FTUC plays a vital role in defending and promoting the rights of workers, upholding international labour standards, particularly those relating to Freedom of Association, the Right to Organize and the Right to Bargain Collectively” , My Ryder said. He further added that “It has taken several years of extensive social dialogue for the tripartite constituents to finally come to this successful conclusion and I am (he is) very proud of the role the ILO has played in helping to solve this entangled and prolonged conflict.”
The Director General stated that the conflict and an intense campaign for resolution and justice for Fiji workers was followed by the tripartite mission to Suva in January of this year. He added that it was the Report of that ILO Tripartite Mission, the Joint Implementation Report by Fiji’s tripartite constituents, and the adoption of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill of 2016 by Fiji’s Parliament, that the ILO’s Governing Body at this year’s March session decided not to refer the complaint against Fiji to a Commission of Inquiry. ”
He acknowledged the struggles of the workers of the country and of unions, and commended the perseverance of the FTUC through its strong leadership towards a amicable solution to the impasse in Fiji.
Mr Ryder further assured the 150 plus delegates and guests at the Nadi Conference that the ILO’s Office in Suva, the Regional Office in Bangkok as well as the Headquarters in Geneva, will do all that the ILO can to assist their constituents in Fiji in this regard. His message was received with utmost enthusiasm and renewed the vigor of the FTUC membership in its pursuit of social justice through the ongoing labour law reforms in Fiji.