25 Mar 2016

Fiji avoids ILO inquiry into labour rights

6:53 pm on 25 March 2016

Fiji has avoided an official inquiry into its labour rights by the International Labour Organisation.

Minister Semi Koroilavesau, (right), meets ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

Fiji's employment minister Semi Koroilavesau (right), meets Guy Ryder, the director-general of the International Labour Organisation, during a visit in January. Photo: Fiji Government

An international Commission of Inquiry had been threatened by the United Nations body over a long-running dispute between the government and unions over the country's labour laws.

But following a visit by an ILO delegation in January, an agreement was reached between the government, employers, and the Fiji Trades Unions Congress, although disagreements remain.

At a meeting of the ILO's governing body in Geneva this week, the delegation said it welcomed the agreement and recommended that the case not be referred to a Commission of Inquiry.

However, it said there are still a number of matters that need to be addressed and the ILO should continue to provide technical assistance to Fiji to resolve the disputes.