Singh meets Australian Council of Trade Union, PALM approved employers and Fijians in Aus

Singh meets Australian Council of Trade Union, PALM approved employers and Fijians in Aus

By Rashika Kumar
Saturday 18/03/2023
Australian Council of Trade Union President, Michelle O'Neal and Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Agni Deo Singh. [Image: Fiji Government]

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Agni Deo Singh has met with the Australian Council of Trade Union President, Michelle O'Neal as part of his tour to Australia to meet Pacific Australia Labour Mobility Scheme approved employers, Fijian workers, communities and the Fijian diaspora.

This is a historic occasion after a long time for a Fiji Minister for Employment to meet with the ACTU President and executives.

Both parties discussed issues relating to the PALM and how their collaborative relationships could assist in the welfare of Fijian workers selected under the scheme.

Singh also briefed the ACTU through O'Neal and the affiliates on the progress of the coalition government and the action taken on labour law review, restoration of human and trade union rights, right to strike and collective bargaining and the establishment of a tripartite Employment Relations Advisory Board in line with the ILO Conventions C144 on Tripartite Consultation.

The affiliates, who met with the ministerial delegation are from the Health Workers Union, Farm Workers Union and Meat Workers Union who have agreed to assist the PALM scheme in ensuring that minimum standards are complied with.

O'Neal also congratulated the Coalition Government for winning the 2022 general elections and their focus on meeting the needs of the people including the interest of employers and workers.

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