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Stop meddling in private sector affairs: FCEF

November 8, 2018 11:58 pm

Representatives of the private sector are calling on the National Federation Party to stop meddling in their domain and allow them to carry out their work as they have been doing.

The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and prominent members of the private sector have voiced their concerns regarding the NFP’s promise to introducetenure contracts in the private sector.

NFP candidate, Attar Singh while appearing on FBC’s talkback show Aaina for a debate with FijiFirst General Secretary, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – says if they form the next government the NFP will introduce permanent contracts guaranteeing lifelong employment.

FCEF chief executive, Nesbitt Hazelman is asking the NFP to stop making promises as such because they are ready to vigorously fight to protect contract based employment.

“The private sector is a hands-off limit when it comes to managing its own affairs. Under the ERP we have the right to manage our own organizations. That right means we can recruit, select and train anybody we like.”

Hazelman says permanent contracts would only set our country backwards.

“Worldwide this notion has disappeared – tenure work for life. This is something that use to be employed by the Japanese that is gone. Contracts are the way to go now in the private sector. It is not something new – this is best practice.”

Hazelman says Singh’s promise could be a far cry to get the trade unions involved in collective bargaining in the private sector.