Fiji : The International Labour Organization has decided not to pursue a commission of inquiry
Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony, acting permanent secretary for Ministry of Employment Salaseini Daunabuna and FCEF chief executive officer Nesbitt Hazelman. Picture: SUPPLIED
THE International Labour Organization has decided not to pursue a commission of inquiry into Fiji.
The decision was made after the governing body met in Geneva on Thursday.
The ILO said it took into account the joint implementation report signed by the Fiji Government, Fiji Trades Union Congress and Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation earlier this year, followed by amendments to labour laws which were passed in Parliament in February when the governing body made its decision.
Government was represented at the Geneva meeting by acting permanent secretary for Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Salaseini Daunabuna and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other Organisations in Geneva, ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan.
The workers were represented by Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony and employers by Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation CEO, Nesbitt Hazelman.
A statement released by the Government yesterday said the ILO Governing Body was informed about the success of the ILO Tripartite Mission in January and the subsequent signing of a Joint Implementation Report by the Fiji Government, FCEF and the FTUC.
Government also said the achievements and concessions contained in the Joint Implementation Report were also highlighted to the governing body and the passage in which this was swiftly transcended into law.
Speaking to The Fiji Times from Geneva, Mr Anthony said while the ILO Governing Body was very pleased with the progress made and successful closure of the complaint, other outstanding matters and implementation would continue to be monitored by the ILO's committee of experts.
"We are committed to addressing other matters that need our attention," he said.
"In fact, the Workers Group of the ILO congratulated FTUC for the work that we have done over the years to restore the fundamental rights of workers.
"The Chair of the Governing Body also congratulated the FCEF, FTUC and Government and urged them to continue to work together."
Speaking to this newspaper from Geneva, FCEF CEO Mr Hazelman said the employers of Fiji were extremely happy with the decision.
"The threat of a commission of enquiry was never in anyone's interest we can now move ahead and build more productive labour relations in Fiji," he said.
"The employers have never waivered in their stance and we continue to put our country first.
"We are extremely appreciative to both the leadership of FTUC and in particular Mr Anthony and the Government we believe there has been unprecedented good faith shown by all social partners.
"FCEF played a conciliatory role and we are again pleased with the outcome and the fact it was delivered on the eve of Good Friday is a blessing to our nation."