Home » Uncategorized » Not reported in Fiji is that BOTH sides have three weeks to make post-hearing submissions and it will be some months before a decision is made by the US government.

Not reported in Fiji is that BOTH sides have three weeks to make post-hearing submissions and it will be some months before a decision is made by the US government.

Restoring Fiji workers’ rights best option, says US unionist

Posted at 03:25 on 04 October, 2012 UTC

A United States union official says the best outcome of a review of Fiji’s duty free access is workers getting their rights back, so businesses don’t suffer.

The US is reviewing Fiji’s eligibility for the General System of Preferences after a petition by the US federation of trade unions, the AFL-CIO.

Both sides now have three weeks to make post-hearing submissions.

The AFL-CIO’s trade and globalisation specialist, Celeste Drake, says the Fiji Government’s general approach during the hearing was that it isn’t doing anything wrong.

“To us, and to the Fiji Trade Unions Confederation, the best outcome possible is for the government to withdraw some of these decrees, especially the Essential National Industries decree, and the ERP amendments decree, give workers their rights back, and then workers have their rights, Fiji gets to keep its trade benefits, and everyone will be better off.”

Celeste Drake says it will be some months before a decision is made by the US government.

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2 thoughts on “Not reported in Fiji is that BOTH sides have three weeks to make post-hearing submissions and it will be some months before a decision is made by the US government.

  1. Fiji government will not bow down to the pressure of trade unionists who are hell bent to bring misery and poverty to fijian citizens.

    As the country progresses towards democratic reforms, these laws will be ammended so there should be no blackmail of the government.

  2. @ Timoci/Laisa/Whoever-u-want-to-be-today

    “unionists who are hell bent to bring misery and poverty to fijian citizens”

    Time and time again, the regime bends over and destroys the economy and livelihood of the nation – but you want to blame people who are fighting for everyone else’s rights?

    How stupid.

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