The Fiji Posts and Telecommunications Employees Association (FPTEA)will fight fight a decision by the Telecom Fiji board of directors to make 177 workers redundant.
Telecom Fiji yesterday issued a press release confirming the redundancy plan.
Our sources have told us Telecom Fiji Limited has decided to use the criteria of work performance when selecting the employees who are to lose their jobs.
Sources say while TFL claims the redundancy is part of its cost cutting exercise, the Employment Relations Promulgation (ERP) made into law through promulgation of a decree by the interim regime in April, makes it unlawful for any employer to use performance as a precurson to redundancy.
The FPTEA general secretary is Attar Singh. Singh is also the general secretary of Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions (FICTU) and the chairman of Movement for Democracy in Fiji.
Our sources have established that TFL is offering 2 months pay upfront and one week’s pay for each year of service.
If this redundancy package is enforced, it will mean that each of the 177 workers will receive a meager sum.
177 workers make up almost 20% of Telecom Fiji workforce.
Sources say FPTEA has held meetings with members, who are outraged at their employer’s actions.
The Chairman of Telecom Fiji Ltd is Felix Anthony, an active supporter of the interim regime. Anthony is the general secretary of Fiji Trades Union Congress.
According to sources, a union leader for the last 19 years, Anthony has a consistent record of supporting employers and being anti-union after the 5th December 2006 coup.
Sources say the union will decide in the next few days on their next course of action.