7 Nov 2013

Fiji Labour Minister denies union members are being harassed

8:21 am on 7 November 2013

Fiji's Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment says civil servants rights to be members of unions are still intact and no member has been harassed.

Jone Usamate comments comes after the Fiji Trades Union Congress complained to the International Labour Organisation for the ill treatment of trade union leaders and members.

Mr Usamate says there has been no harassment of union members as pointed out by Fiji Trade Union Congress as they are free to carry out their activities.

He told Fiji Village that over the past two years, there have been extensive consultations on the review of the Employment Relations Promulgation.

According to Mr Usamate last year there were increases to the sectoral minimum wages and this year government will be considering the establishment of a National Minimum Wage.

Fijivillage has been trying to reach FTUC General Secretary Felix Anthony for comment.

Mr Anthony recently told Radio Australia that the FTUC has complained about the Fijian government to the International Labour Organization for the alleged ill treatment of trade union leaders.