WAF: Workers Contracts Not Being Terminated
The Water Authority of Fiji has not “laid off” or “terminated” any WAF employees.
They’ve refuted the comments made by the National Union of Workers and Fiji Trade Union Congress General Secretary, Felix Anthony, who claimed that 2900 staff are being terminated in what is dubbed as the first “mass termination” in Fiji’s history.
He explained that the 2900 staff are not being terminated but that their contracts for the project they belonged to had ended this month.
“Again this is completely fake news. Nobody is being terminated. WAF hires workers for particular projects regularly and their contracts ended. In fact, we extended their contracts for 6 months (last September) and absorbed them in other projects as a gesture of goodwill,” said WAF Chairman Bhavesh Patel.
Patel said the Water Authority of Fiji regularly hires workers for particular projects and the projects that the 2900 staff were under, had already ended.
He said: “Imagine WAF is conducting a water project in Taveuni. The project will take 6 months to complete. We would hire workers from Taveuni for that 6 month period. This is exactly what has happened here, the contracts are coming to an end.”
“I can’t even begin to imagine what our employees and their families have gone through these past few days after reading the fake news published.”
“Unions have started touting the lie that 600 WAF workers have been terminated, which is completely untrue. Most of them have in fact successfully passed their performance assessments, and WAF’s Human Resource team is in the process of renewing their contracts.”
“The Unions then lied to WAF employees and told them that signing this collective agreement meant that they did not have to sign a contract. This is ridiculous. In what world does an employee not have to sign a contract?”
“Union members must seriously ask themselves why the union has lied to them like this. Clearly, the union doesn’t have their best interest at heart.”
In September 2018, the Water Authority of Fiji had signed a collective agreement with the National Union of Workers after a lengthy collective bargaining process.
He said the Water Authority of Fiji showed good faith in negotiating the rights and entitlements under this agreement.