Recently, SODELPA Leader promised that they will bring back the retirement age to 60 or even in some cases 65 if the need arise. He also promise to do away with contract base employment giving a sense of security to the workers. Current situation people feel unsecured and cannot commit themselves to some financial dealing with banks in terms of loans etc.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

RABUKA SAYS SODELPA WILL INCREASE RETIREMENT AGE TO 60 AND REMOVE CIVIL SERVICE CONTRACTS

RABUKA CALLS FOR CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT AGE TO REVERT TO 60 YEARS; REMOVAL OF SHORT TERM CONTRACTS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

6 December 2016

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Party Leader, Major General (Retired) Sitiveni L Rabuka said today that a SODELPA Government would bring back the civil service 60 years retirement age, with the option to increase this to 65 years given the longer working life witnessed around the world today.

The Bainimarama Government reduced the civil service retirement age to 55 years ten years ago, however this has seen a brain and skills drain that has negatively affected the performance of the civil service. Rabuka said SODELPA would also remove the short term 1, 2, 3 year contracts that all civil servants now work under, and return their security of tenure in the service. Instead, a SODELPA Government will put in performance based bonuses as an incentive.

“Our civil service is now demoralised, they work in a culture of fear, used as stooges by their Ministers and blamed for inefficiencies when in fact, the mass terminations that have occurred over the last ten years, the draconian State Services Decree, the removal of rights of appeal to the Employment Relations Tribunal and the Employment Court, have all contributed to the grave malaise in the civil service.”

“A SODELPA Government will restore their lost benefits, increase the retirement age to 60 again, with the option to increase it further to 65, and also remove the short term contracts that took away civil servants security of tenure.”

“Daily complaints from members of the public about the inefficiency of government services and acknowledged by the Minister for Public Service, are testament to the failure of the civil service reforms undertaken in the last ten years. They also point to the loss of substantial skills and expertise of the old-hands forced to retire prematurely at 55 years.”

“The Government has been forced by the ILO complaints process to restore some benefits under the Employment Relations Promulgation, but civil servants still work with a sword over their heads and I will make it a priority to remove that atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in the service, because we have a responsibility to ensure that those who serve our people, are also well looked after.”

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Party Leader Major General (Retired) Sitiveni L Rabuka

Fiji Social Democratic Liberal Party

66 McGregor Road, Suva, Fiji

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