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ILO Commission of Inquiry got good for Fiji: PM

October 23, 2015 8:50 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama admits an International Labour Organisation (ILO) sanctioned Commission of Inquiry would not be good for the country.

Bainimarama says the government continues to negotiate with the unions despite their decision to refrain from signing the joint tripartite report.

With an ILO commission of inquiry hanging over Fiji’s head, Bainimarama says they are still working to resolve the stand-off with the major unions.

“Well we all know, you people know what a Commission of Inquiry will mean for Fiji, so it’s not going to do us any good, so that’s why we trying to get them, the unions to come and sign, they’re asking for things outside the ILO statement, we’ve made the statement and all within the boundaries of the ILO, but they still have not, they’re not satisfied and there’s nothing we can do.”

The ILO joint report was submitted last week on the deadline and included only 1 union signatory, the Fiji Electricity Authority Workers Association along with the government and employer representatives.

According to the Prime Minister, the ball in now in the ILO’s court to decide Fiji’s future.

“Well the ILO will decide, right now all i know is that they’ve not signed and they’ve left, the government representatives are still working hard at it trying to get them to sign, but the ILO will decide will happen.”

The ILO’s governing body is scheduled to meet on the 11th of November and a decision on Fiji’s situation.

A high level delegation from Fiji will be in Geneva for the ILO Meeting.