14 Oct 2014

ILO Fiji mission praises talks

2:35 pm on 14 October 2014

The head of an International Labour Organisation mission to Fiji says its talks involving the Fiji government, employers and unions last week were held in a spirit of genuine respect and good faith.

The mission was making a return visit to Fiji after it was ordered to leave two years ago following disagreement over the group's terms of reference.

It was there to investigate claims workers' rights are being violated and trade unionists intimidated in breach of international labour conventions the country has signed up to.

Abdul Koroma says the mission had meetings across the board with government authorities and obtained a fair assessment of labour relations in the country.

"The Minister of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, the various trade unions and employers, all converged in one room. I think we had some very useful exchanges. We believe that rapid action needs to be taken to bring Fiji in line with its obligations and commitments."

Judge Koroma says the mission is compiling its report to present to the ILO in November.