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FCEF determined to resolve labour issues

June 27, 2015 8:10 pm

The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation says all parties need to put aside their differences and find common ground.

Reacting to the standoff between the government and unions in relation to the joint report to the International Labour Organisation, Federation Chief Executive Nesbitt Hazelman says Fiji can’t afford to drop the ball.

“It’s unfortunate that some of the parties have seen fit to discuss issues that may not truly reflect what we are supposed to do. From the employer’s perspective, we’re very positive about getting the parties together and ensuring Fiji doesn’t go to a Commission of Inquiry.”

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The FCEF sees itself as a mediator of sorts – bringing the government and the unions to the negotiation table.

Hazelman says there’s no room for politics when it comes to issues that put Fiji’s economy at stake.

The government and the Fiji Trade Union Congress don’t see eye to eye on provisions for essential service and the right to strike.

Fiji has until November to file a joint report of freedom of association and other labour issues – or the International Labour Organisation could send a Commission of Inquiry to Fiji.

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