Hotel Workers Win Pay Increase
Fijilive, 29 November 2005 (Source: Pacific
Islands Report - PIR)
SUVA, Fiji - Hotel
workers in Fiji who are members of the National Union of Hospitality,
Catering and Tourism Industries will not go on strike after an agreement
with the Fiji Islands Hotels & Tourism Association.
The union and the
association settled on a three-year agreement with the 2005 Log of Claims
addressing a total wages increase of 15 percent over the period.
Employees are also
expected to receive a 5 percent wage increase backdated to January 1,
2005, and receive a further 5 per cent increase from January 1, 2006
and January 1, 2007 respectively.
note: While Fijilive does not report what the new rates of pay will
be under the agreement, PIR has learned that an employee at the Fiji
Mocambo Hotel at Nadi, operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, is
currently earning FJ$3.25 (US$1.87) after a recently-negotiated 4 percent
pay increase. The worker has been employed by the hotel for six years.]
Employers also agreed
with the reinstatement of "check off" (deduction of union
fees), which was withdrawn after Labor Minister Kenneth Zinck declared
the strike unlawful in July this year.
The union for its
part agreed to withdraw the service charge imposed on visitors, which
was seen to disadvantage to Fiji's price competitiveness in comparison
with other tourist destinations.
Fiji Islands Hotels
& Tourism Association chairman Patrick Wong and National Union of
Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industries general secretary Timoci
Naivaluwaqa signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect.
In a statement Wong
stated his delight in resolution of the standoff "and look forward
to our partnership with the union".
The strike action
was scheduled for December 19.
for hotel workers
Fiji Sun, 29 November 2005
Workers in the tourism industry will receive an across-the-board wage
increase of five per cent backdated to January this year. A further
five per cent wage increase will also be implemented with effect from
January1, 2006 and January 1, 2007 respectively. These workers are members
of the National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industries
Employees. The wage increase follows an agreement between the union
and the Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association that was signed over
And the agreement stipulates that the strike notice earlier issued by
the union to resorts and hotels be withdrawn. As well, all suspension
and warning letters issued to union members on the morning shift on
July 23, 2005, will be withdrawn. This is provided that all suspension
and warning letters of union members, who were on afternoon and night
shift and did not report to work, will remain in force. The deduction
of union fees will also be reinstated by all FIHTA hotels from July
22, 2005, according to the agreement. This is subject to written authorisation
being received from union members for deductions covering the amount
of arrears. FIHTA chairman PatrickWong, in a statement yesterday said
in line with the Christmas spirit they resolved the impasse and looked
forward to partnership with the union. The industry was vulnerable to
potential disruptions and the economic impact it would have on the country.
Mr Wong said the union had withdrawn the service charge imposed on visitors,
which would result in Fiji being disadvantaged in comparison to the
prices of other destinations. The union had initially threatened to
go on strike on December 19.