25 Mar 2009

Fiji's Teachers Association prepares for Supreme Court case over retirement at 55

3:11 pm on 25 March 2009

Fiji's Teachers Association is now preparing for a supreme court hearing over the new retirement age.

Tevita Koroi says a temporary stay order was granted yesterday in response to the Court of Appeal ruling on 11 March to drop the retirement age for civil servants from 60 to 55.

Fiji's Public Service Commission has already begun moving ahead with the new policy allowing a grace period of up to one month for people affected.

But the association's president Tevita Koroi says the stay order shows that there is still a legal avenue to pursue to ensure the rights of older workers are protected as no consultations were held.

"We are questioning the procedure the Public Service Commission had taken unilaterally to hand down a decision like that without public consultation and we're questioning the rights of people to be employed and their rights not to be violated on the grounds of age. That's where we're coming from."

Tevita Koroi says he expects a court hearing to be scheduled within a fortnight and the PSC should wait until court proceedings are over.

The Fiji Teacher's Association first began legal action over the matter early 2007 with Fiji's Public Service Association joining in later.