9 Nov 2015

Fiji union expects govt to accept proposed ILO mission

4:49 pm on 9 November 2015

A Fiji union head expects the government to accept an International Labour Organisation mission to review obstacles to a required joint implementation report.

Fiji has continually failed to submit the report because unions have refused to sign it as they say the government is infringing on workers' rights.

Fiji election candidate and former trade unionist, Attar Singh.

FICTU General Secretary Attar Singh. Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

The ILO is now considering sending a tripartite mission to Fiji but this would require government acceptance.

The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions general secretary Attar Singh says the government will receive the mission if it wants to avoid an ILO Commission of Inquiry, which could be the next step.

"I'm sure they realise that this matter is of such serious matter and sitting at the top of the ILO system that it would be helpful to the Fijian cause, the cause of the government, the cause of the workers and everybody, for them to admit the mission if it were to be proposed. To see how best and how soon we could resolve the matters."

The Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has said his government would try and resolve the stand-off in order to avoid an ILO inquiry.

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