22 Sep 2007

Fiji's Employment Relations Bill shelved for 6 months

9:57 am on 22 September 2007

Fiji's new Employment Relations Bill has been shelved for at least six months following intense lobbying by the business community.

The Bill, which had been in preparation for 10 years and was due to come into effect from next month, aims to improve the work conditions of employees and govern relations between employers and trade unions.

The Fiji Times quotes the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, as saying his administration had been inundated with requests that the Employment Relations Bill be deferred or thrown out since they took power.

Commodore Bainimarama told the Nadi Chamber of Commerce yesterday that the Bill would be deferred to allow employers to recover from the prevailing economic downturn.

The interim government will review the decision after six months.