Employment Relations Amendment Act approved: After the approval of the new Employment Relations Amendment Act (ERP) 2016, an act of retaliation happened in Nadi: a worker was suspended for handing out forms to his fellow workers to join a trade union. The company concerned, Tolls Construction Fiji Ltd, stated that the worker, Manueli Yawayawa, had breached company policy by not informing management of his intention to form a trade union. Manager Luke Mataika said Mr Yawayawa had also interfered with work being carried out on the Vunabaka project on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Group. According to the enterprise those were the actions that led to Mr Yawayawa's expulsion from the island.
Tripartite agreement between the Government, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and the Fiji Trades Union Congress: Following the ILO mission, the Fiji Government, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and the Fiji Trades Union Congress signed an agreement to sign off on a Joint Implementation Report to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Agreements signed provided among other things: the restoration of the Check-Off facilities; the reduction of the notice period for strike from 28 days to 14 days; invitation to the ILO to provide technical assistance and expertise to determine the list of essential services and industries; removal of all references to bargaining units in the ERP (as amended by the Act); and allowing workers to freely join or form a trade union (including an enterprise trade union).
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