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HRADC urging Fijians to adhere to the law

May 2, 2019 7:37 am

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission is urging all parties to exercise good sense and adhere to the law.

This is when settling any labour grievances.

The comment comes after reports of a nationwide protest tomorrow.

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HRADC Director Ashwin Raj says the law limits the way in which essential services and industries are regulated and also the way in which collective bargaining is regulated.

Raj says under the Trade Disputes Act, there is a very clear process for the settling of disputes and grievances.

He says under the Act, civil servants, employees of statutory organizations such as Water Authority of Fiji and Energy Fiji Limited must follow the time limit for a strike notice.

Once the dispute is referred to the Minister of Employment under the Act, it is then referred for compulsory arbitration.

Raj says this allows dispute settlement and grievances ventilated before an independent tribunal.

He adds this procedure protects the public from disruption of essential services and therefore protects the rights and freedoms of others in society.

 

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