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ILO puts Fiji on notice

June 17, 2015 1:36 am

The International Labour Organisation has postponed its decision on whether to call a Commission of Inquiry into workers affairs in Fiji.

The ILO Governing Body met on Saturday on a complaint of non-observance of the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise by the Fiji government.

Alain Pelce (pelsi) – a Senior International Labour Standards and Labour Law Specialist says if it comes to pass, the Commission of Inquiry will come to Fiji to assess the situation and make recommendations.

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“In this case the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry are binding. So the country has only one choice – either apply the recommendations or to challenge them before the International Court of Justice.”

In March, the ILO had requested the Government and the social partners – workers representatives and employers’ representatives – to submit a joint implementation report on Freedom of Association.

However, last Saturday, it noted that the joint communication was signed only by the government and the Fiji Commerce and Employers’ Federation.

A separate report was submitted by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC).

The ILO says regretting the failure to submit a joint implementation report as called for, it will consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry.

The complaint by the FTUC related to the Essential National Industries Decree.
FBC News has sought comments from the Ministry for Labour.

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