Fiji’s Employers Federation has described as “gutsy” a decision by the government to cancel Monday’s public holiday as part of an effort to recover lost working days during Cyclone Tomas.
FEF chief executive Nesbitt Hazelman told Fiji Live the federation is hopeful that the National Youth Day will not be declared a public holiday when it is celebrated.
“The federation is of the strong view that Fiji already has too many days lost to public holidays and this is impacting on productivity, loss of potential revenue and raising the cost of doing business,” Hazelman said.
The National Youth Day should be celebrated with Fiji Day in October, he said.
“Contact hours for school children have also been decreased considerably and additional national holidays will only put pressure on the school system.”
Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced the cancellation of Monday’s public holiday as part of recovery efforts following Cyclone Tomas.
Editor's Note: This story was originally attributed to Fiji Vlliage, when it should've been Fiji Live. Apologies.