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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

FIJI-PNG SEAL LANDMARK LABOUR DEAL ON OSH

 

28th April: Fiji will be providing technical assistance in the field of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) to Papua New Guinea. This is after the two countries today entered in a landmark technical cooperation programme and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend their bilateral relations.

The day when the world is observing the World Day for Health and Safety at work, Fiji is to assist PNG review and update its OHS legislation, system, structures and capacities. The landmark, according to Sani Rambi, the PNG Minister for Labor, was the first of its kind in the field of labor and industrial relations.

The Minister for Labor, Industrial Relations and Employment, Filipe Bole said the MOU commits Fiji’s Labor Ministry to undertake PNG’s OSH reform in three stages with the first six-month period starting in June.

Minister Bole said the MOU will ensure that PNG’s policy, laws, institutions and practice on OSH are modernized to adequately provide the people and workplaces of PNG the much needed social protection in terms of stronger OSH inspectorate, better OSH standards and practices.

Meanwhile, Minister Rabi said PNG’s existing legislation in the field of OSH was adopted during the colonial era. “Today these legislations are obsolete and outdated as they do not suite the modern and ever changing working environment.” Rabi said.

Minister Rabi added that this bilateral partnership will be seen as a way forward and example for other countries in the region to follow.

The day when the world is observing the World Day for Health and Safety at work, Fiji is to assist PNG review and update its OHS legislation, system, structures and capacities. The landmark, according to Sani Rambi, the PNG Minister for Labor, was the first of its kind in the field of labor and industrial relations.
 
Mr. Rambi said the technical co-operation package exemplified the strong relationship, Fiji and PNG had enjoyed over the years. “The signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) complements the ongoing dialogue and co-operation between the MSG countries in various areas including crime, customs, extraditions, immigration, surveillance and monitoring mobility and others,” Mr. Rambi said.

“The basis of this MOU was essentially to meet the demands placed on standards and protection in the workplaces, most of which are already outdated. The need to amend and incorporate new legislation became very obvious when work began on the huge PNG project.”

The MOU was signed between the two countries at the Holiday Inn in Suva on Thursday 28th April 2011.