24 Sep 2007

Fiji CTU wants legally elected government to implement Employment Relations Bill

8:13 pm on 24 September 2007

A Fiji trade union group, the CTU, has welcomed the decision by the interim government to shelve the Employment Relations Bill for six months.

The Bill was to have come into effect next month, which aims to improve the work conditions of employees and govern relations between employers and trade unions.

The General Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions, Attar Singh, says he's pleased because the legality of the interim government is still to be determined and it should not be the one to implement the Bill.

"With that in mind we had already instructed our lawyers to proceed with appropriate legal action in the event the Bill was to be implemented, so we are relieved and to an extent that hasn't happened now, and we hope the Bill will remain unimplemented until we discuss our concerns and be bought in place by a new elected governement."