19th October 05:40 AM
Bus drivers do not value their contracts - Khan
By Anamika Singh and Timoci Qaranivalu
Monday 14/05/2018

A bus operator has said that the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation does not provide them with ample protection.

Mohammed Naved Khan, Director of Khan Buses says bus drivers do not value their contracts.

This concern was raised at the Fiji Bus Operators Association Annual Convention.

Khan says drivers resign and leave their jobs when they want, leaving operators in a difficult position.

Khan says he had made submissions with the government for amendments to be made in the Labour regulation, in the PSV section just to ensure PSV drivers cannot just leave their jobs and go.

He says there should be a balance.

He says when eticketing was introduced there was a risk assessment conducted, and operators had said this would be a reason drivers would leave.

Khan says, now they have to physically look for the drivers, going to their houses and trying to get them to drive the buses.

He says LTA has fined three of his drivers $1000 and all three of them left work because of the LTA booking them.

Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation consultant Noel Tofinga says the Federation does not regulate labour laws but they influence it.

Tofinga says Khan’s submission had not come to them and they were not aware of it.

He says they have never tried to represent the Bus industry because they have never been approached by the Bus industry.

He says facts should be established.

He says the fact is that the employers federation have not received these types of complaints.

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