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AG highlights tripartite agreement

April 18, 2015 5:08 am

Fiji needs to get away from the usual aggressive approach in dealing with issues that involve employers and unions.

Speaking at the Fiji Commerce Employers Federation Council meeting yesterday, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum briefed the member’s on issues that were highlighted in Geneva.

He says most issues that arise from worker relationships have always been about pay rise, however more aspects need to be considered when negotiating.

“Working conditions do matter, the environment in which they exist do matter the environment they exist in do matter, in the 1970’s 1980s 1990s and 2000 we didn’t have free water, free education, that obviously has an enormous impact on the disposable income in your pocket.”

Meanwhile, the government, Employers Federation and the Union have until June to update the International Labour Organisation about the progress made.

The government is expected to present any amendments to the Employers Relations Promulgation and present it to parliament by August.

Sayed-Khaiyum adds new laws will have to be implemented by the end of October and come November, the government is expected to inform the ILO body that everything is done and dusted.