The newly elected executives of the KTUC expressed their commitment to elevate the Kiribati workers agenda to the next level. In accepting his nomination as President, Mr Riennang Ioane, from the Kiribati Overseas Seafarers Union (KIOSU) was humbled by the trust bestowed upon him by the workers and also understood the challenges ahead.
The KTUC organised its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29 October 2016 in Betio, Tarawa attended by representatives of five affiliate unions. Prior to the AGM, a workshop was organised where workers representatives who had attended ILO meetings made presentations. Mr Tanua Pine, the acting General Secretary of the KTUC presented on what he had learnt at the ILO/ACTRAV organised workshop in Fiji in August and Mr Ioteba Teeke, of KIOSU presented on his engagements at the 2016 International Labour Conference in June.
The new executives are made up of members from four affiliate unions. The 2 Vice President positions went to Mrs Tareu Tong of the Kiribati Nurses Association (KNA) and Ms Matuaa Naunuti of the Kiribati Union of Teachers (KUT). The two treasure positions went to Mr Tiaon Benson of the Kiribati Provident Fund (KPF) and Ms Teiraoi Bio of the KNA. The Secretary position went to Ms Etitateretia Buraataake of the Kiribati Observers Union (KOU).
“The legal climate in Kiribati has never been better for employment and labour relations in Kiribati”, said Mr Satoshi Sasaki, the Officer-in-Charge of ILO Pacific Office. He was referring to the new Occupational, Safety & Health (OSH) and Employment & Industrial Relations Code Acts. “I therefore encourage you to capitalise on this opportunity, to further your rights and aspirations for Decent Work for all workers in Kiribati”, he further added.
The ILO/ACTRAV is planning a workshop for workers in Samoa next month and will include some of the new executives from KTUC.
Mr Ioane plans to inform the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development on the results of the elections for consideration on the Decent Work Advisory Board (DWAB), review the current KTUC constitution to set the house in order and develop a work plan to submit to ILO for technical assistance.