6 November, 2018, 9:15 am
MORE than 1000 employment-related disputes have been resolved by the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
This was revealed by the ministry’s permanent secretary Salaseini Daunabuna during the launch of the mediation workshop organised by the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) at the Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.
Ms Daunabuna said the increase in the cases amplified the high standard of training conducted by the SMC, which began its work in Fiji from 2009 during the inception of the mediation services of the ministry.
“As for this training, I can confidently say that mediation is gaining popularity not only globally, but also locally as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism to resolve conflicts, grievances and disputes,” Ms Daunabuna said.
She reminded the 21 participants who were part of the three-day workshop to utilise the training in order to enhance their skills.
Senior counsel mediator for SMC George Lim said the participants would go through an assessment which was transparent. “After three days of training, they will each go through an assessment.
Each of them will have to do a mock mediation for one-hour, they will be video-taped and this will be sent back to Singapore for assessment,” Mr Lim said.
The workshop will end on Thursday.