24 Sep 2007

Fiji Teachers Union disappointed with delay in implementing Employment Relations Bill

3:31 pm on 24 September 2007

The General Secretary of the Fiji's Teachers Union, Agni Deo Singh, is at a loss as to why the Employment Relations Bill has been put on the back burner for six months.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the decision follows numerous requests for the Bill to be deferred or thrown out since the military took power.

The decision has also been welcomed by the country's largest Union the CTU and the Chamber of Commerce because they say it will give them more time go over some of the issues in the Bill.

But Mr Singh says he can't understand why some stakeholders need more time considering the wide range of consultations carried out and some amendments were made.

"It went through the parliament and was unanimously voted for by both sides of the House, voted for and on the fifth of December it was going to go through the Senate. Unfortunately the Senate could not continue because of the takeover of government, otherwise this would have become law from the 1st January 2008."

Agni Deo Singh