WAF staff gathered outside FTUC HQ to raise grievances
May 1, 2019 5:20 pm
More than 300 Water Authority staff gathered at the Fiji Trades Union Congress Head Quarters this afternoon raising their grievances with the union.
Majority of these workers are from Wailoku Depot.
According to these workers they were told by police officers to leave the Wailoku Depot and not to protest at the site.
Some of them told FBC News that the Water Authority Management should re-consider their decision of workers employment.
Some of these workers claim that they have been working with WAF for more than seven years but remain on temporary contracts.
Meanwhile, Fiji Trades Union Congress General Secretary Felix Anthony, Unionist Attar Singh, and Fiji Teachers Union General Secretary Agni Deo Singh were present at the FTUC HQ this afternoon having discussions with these workers.
We are still trying to get Water Authority Board Chair Bhavesh Kumar and Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate.
Meanwhile, Police have requested protesting contract workers at the WAF Vatunibale Depot in Labasa to leave the premises.
Deputy Divisional Police Commissioner Northern Kemueli Baledrokadroka told the workers, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, as well as the Water Authority, have not given permission for the workers to be protesting outside the depot.
He has urged them to return home and reminded them the need to uphold the law.
The workers left the premises in the last hour.
FBC News understands all WAF employees in Labasa were given letters on Friday that their contracts have expired.
These included both permanent and temporary workers.
Late last night, the permanent workers were emailed offer letters, informing them their contracts have been extended.
They were told to sign the contracts today.
One permanent worker we spoke to say his contract has been extended for another three years.
However, he feels for the contracted workers because they have children to feed and other obligations to meet.
Meanwhile, operations at the Depots in Savusavu and Taveuni were normal today as there were no protests.