28 May 2015

Access to arbitration for all Fiji workers under bill

3:46 pm on 28 May 2015

It's proposed an Arbitration Court will be set up in Fiji under an amendment to the Employment Relations Promulgation.

The amendment bill had its first reading in parliament last Friday and has been referred to a parliamentary select committee.

A member of the Employment Relations Advisory board, Harvey Probert, says the discussion over the last few months has focussed on restoring freedom of association and right to collective bargaining for workers.

He says access to arbitration is also a priority.

"There is existing conciliation and arbitration mechanisms available under the existing ERP but this actually extends coverage, and this Arbitration Court is specifically for industries caught under the Essential National Industries Provisions."

Harvey Probert says it's the Government's intention to take the bill back to the July sitting of parliament.