Fiji: Legal clinic facilitated the labour law review process

Feb 2024
United Nations
Fiji, Labour Law Reforms

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and ITUC - Asia Pacific jointly facilitated a legal clinic in Nadi, Fiji from 20 to 21 February 2024 as a part of their effort to provide direct strategic support and guidance to Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) to help them better understand the labour law review process and enhance the capacity of FTUC leaders to advocate for workers’ rights in the country by utilising and maximising international labour and human rights standards.

Honourable Agni Deo Singh, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, officiated as Chief Guest in the event. He expressed the government’s commitment to aligning Fiji’s labour law with international labour standards. The minister also highlighted the steps taken by the government to re-establish essential institutions and structures, such as the Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB), to facilitate the labour law review process.    

The National Secretary of Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC), Felix Anthony, said that a review of Fiji’s labour laws should be done without further delay.  

Paapa Danquah, Legal Director of the ITUC, presented the legal analysis on the current labour laws in the country in the framework of the International Labour Standards. Meanwhile, Patuan Samosir, Senior Director of Organising and Projects at the ITUC-Asia Pacific, provided an overview of the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) reports and highlighted the conclusions from the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards (CAS) on Fiji.  

At the end of the legal clinic, participants came up with recommendations to be included in the FTUC’s position paper for labour laws review in the country.

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