4 Dec 2017

Fiji Union says fight accelerating with bus employers

3:44 pm on 4 December 2017

Fiji's Transport Workers Union is taking its fight for better pay and conditions for bus drivers to the Employment Tribunal.

Fiji bus stop.

Fiji bus stop. Photo: RNZ / Bridget Tunnicliffe

Union Secretary Kamlesh Kumar daid it was to see bus companies looking at bringing in workers from the Philippines to come and take jobs in Fiji.

An opposition MP recently criticised Fiji's unions for not doing enough to boost driver conditions and prevent foreign workers coming in.

Mr Kumar said the union had been recruiting more members and recently filed claims for better wages and reasonable working conditions.

"So the fight is on and we are currently dealing with quite a number of employers. Of course the employers are not cooperating. I mean we have taken the matters up with the Employment Tribunal and in the coming weeks we have got cases coming up before the Tribunal, so we'll take it from there."

Mr Kumar said drivers get around $US86 for a 48 hour week which he describes as extremely pathetic and very difficult to support a family with.