Fiji : Minister calls for continued dialogue with FTUC
Minister for Labour Semi Koroilavesau (middle) with Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) national secretary Felix Anthony (right) and treasurer Agni Deo Singh at the FTUC conference in Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH
GOVERNMENT and unions need to continue talking to avoid any misunderstanding in the future.
Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity Minister Semi Koroilavesau made the statement during an interview at the Fiji Trades Union Congress Biennial Conference which he attended in Nadi over the weekend.
"It's the only way forward," he said.
"Unions and government were never at loggerheads, we just never used to talk. We need to be seen to be talking because the extreme result of not talking is actions which the government doesn't want."
Mr Koroilavesau said he attended the conference as a representative of the Government to be able to show unionists that he was always ready to talk.
"We need to avoid getting into a situation where we end up on opposite sides. We need to work together on issues that need to be talked about."
The minister's presence at the conference was also welcomed by the unionists.
"We were very grateful to the minister for accepting our invitation," said FTUC treasurer Agni Deo Singh.
"It was also good because he got to see and hear about the grievances of the poorest of the poorest workers in the country and I hope that when we do meet at the table that he will have a better understanding of where we're coming from."
Mr Singh said the FTUC had always had a good relationship with Mr Koroilavesau and he believed that relationship would continue.