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Commission of Inquiry could have serious implications: FTUC

June 21, 2015 6:48 pm

A Commission of Inquiry into Fiji by the International Labour Organisation could have serious implications for the country.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress is calling on all parties to honour the tripartite agreement signed in Geneva; which seeks to address decrees which affect workers’ rights in the country.

General Secretary Felix Anthony says government has the power to stop this from happening by simply complying with the terms of the tripartite agreement signed in Geneva in March

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Anthony says the Union is willing to corporate with government in this regard.

“I think it has serious implications on Fiji. One, the reputation of Fiji I think Fiji is not held at very high esteem at the ILO at the moment for obvious reasons. This is going to damage the image of Fiji. Of course there will be serious implications on trade and the economy itself.”

A Commission of Inquiry is the ILO’s highest-level investigative procedure that is generally set up when a member State is accused of committing persistent and serious violations, and has repeatedly refused to address them.

The International Labour Organisation will decide in November whether to call a Commission of Inquiry into workers affairs in the country.

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