Tourism Industry signs Collective Agreement with Union

Tourism Industry signs Collective Agreement with Union

Tuesday 17 May 2022 – The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) celebrated an HR milestone for tourism today when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industries Employees (NUHCTIE) on Tuesday 17 May 2022, for a Collective Agreement template for hotel workers.

FHTA & NUHCTIE have been in consultations since well before and during COVID to reach a consensus on the Collective Agreement after considerable discussions that had commenced many years ago through changing dynamics and the more recent circumstances brought about by the COVID pandemic.

Union representatives held final talks with FHTA’s HR/IR Sub Committee and both parties were pleased with negotiations being concluded positively.

FHTA HR/IR Chair & General Manager for Tanoa Hotel Group, Narend Kumar noted, “As part of FHTA’s on-going efforts of bargaining in good faith and maintaining amicable industrial relations, especially now with tourism moving very quickly from recovery mode to full operations; we want to maintain fair and equitable employment conditions industry-wide”.

NUHCTIE General Secretary, Daniel Urai was also pleased with the signing, adding “We agree with a Collective Agreement that sets the baseline standards for hotel workers that can be used to build on”.

The MOU signing provides for a Collective Agreement template as an overarching document using employment categories, descriptions and terminology that will be shared to encourage industry-wide use of clauses, terms and conditions to promote better industrial relations.