31 May 2011

Fiji PSC pleased with reforms

1:33 pm on 31 May 2011

Fiji's Public Service Commission says its cost saving measures are showing results.

In a statement, the Commission says there have been cost savings of 12.4 million US dollars in the first quarter through measures such as freezing staff appointments and better links between staffing and wages.

There has been criticism of a decree which exempts public servants from provisions of the Employment Relations Promulgation.

But the Permament Secretary of the Public Service, Parmesh Chand, says the changes are in the interest of efficiency and do not detract from public servants' rights:

"They still would have the right to seek a judicial review through the courts and that's a full process of natural justice that will prevail in that instance."

Parmesh Chand says he is not aware of any criticism of the decree.