Felix and company were shocked to see Khaiyum slip into Bill 11 of 2016 to amend the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007, a provision requiring the registration of trade union and employer federations and empowering the Supervisor of Elections (through the Fijian Elections Office) to conduct the election of their office bearers.
Under a deal reached between the FTUC, FCEF and the regime’s honcho two weeks ago, the contents of the Bill were to be confined to matters discussed and incorporated in an Agreement signed by them around midnight on 29 January.
That agreement makes no mention of trade union and employer federations being required to register and have their elections conducted by the Supervisor of Elections.
Felix got it again under the belt from the devious Khaiyum. Once the bill is passed, FTUC, FICTU and FCEF will again need to #apply for registration under Parts 14 and 15 of the ERP.
This could well mean that they will not be able to operate as such until registration is granted.
The process could take long or be unduly extended by the authorities on “orders from the top”. We will have to wait and see how the cookie crumbles here.
Another point to be noted is that the effective date of the amendments coming into force is stated as the date of its publication in the Gazette.
Let’s hope there won’t be another game played here to delay its implementation.