14 Oct 2014

ILO mission says Fiji has work to do

3:15 pm on 14 October 2014

The head of an International Labour Organisation mission to Fiji says Fiji has much to do to meet its commitments under international labour conventions.

The mission was in Fiji last week to investigate claims workers' rights are being violated and trade unionists intimidated in breach of international labour conventions the country has signed up to.

The international judge leading the mission, Abdul Koroma, says the mission is still compiling its report for the ILO but he says Fiji needs to take rapid action around rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

"I think we left the government in no doubt that those of the obligations which are not consistent with the obligations under the relevant conventions, (ILO) Conventions 87 and 98, should be rescinded."

Judge Koroma says the government, employers and trade unions all agreed there was a need for a coherent national approach on a tripartite basis.

He says the parties have agreed to reactivate the ILO-led Decent Work Country Programme in Fiji as soon as possible to cover the period 2015 and beyond.