Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Save jobs, not sacrifice them, urges garment council
Save jobs, not sacrifice them, urges garment council
Feb '09
Over 300 jobs have been lost in Fiji's TCF industry as result of the 20% minimum wage increase! The governments in USA, Australia, NZ, and Europe are fighting tooth and nail to save millions of jobs. Businesses are cutting down on costs to survive. Our main export markets, Australia and New Zealand are both in huge economic downturn.

The fact is that, from the outset, the TCF industry has not been against wage increase. It has been incorrectly stated that the industry is opposing any increase whatsoever. The industry supports a wage increase but given the prevailing economic climate, the increase should have been reasonable & sustainable, something that won't result in job losses.

The industry will comply with the new minimum wages as stipulated by law. However, the wage increases in Fiji has forced companies to increase prices. The increased prices will mean that Fiji is more expensive. Hence, our customers will reduce their production in Fiji and move to more cost-effective countries.

The industry expects that a further 800 to 1000 jobs will be lost in next 6 months as result of the wage increases in the depressed economic conditions. Out of the 9 Wages Council, the TCF Wages Council is the only one that is export-oriented. Global economic trends and trade relations have a direct impact on the industry and cannot be ignored. To disregard this fact would be grossly irresponsible especially since all countries around the world have given top priority to saving as many jobs as possible and not to increasing pay.

The pursuit of “just” wages regardless of the prevailing economic conditions is in fact an act of gross injustice to the workers themselves. As former interim Labour Minister Mr. Vayeshnoi said in his speech During the inauguration of the Wages Councils in July last year, former interim Labour Minister Mr. Vayeshnoi had this to say.

“You have to work together in partnership for at the end of the day both the employer and worker will be judged by level of productivity and quality achieved. It is therefore vital for the survival of businesses that any increases in wages are relative to ability of the employer to sustain that increase. If that cannot be done than we cannot realize our vision of reducing the work deficit for there cannot be decent wages if there is no work.”

TCF Council of Fiji

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 27th Oct 2016

Teijin Frontier develops Solotex RC lightweight fibre

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd, fibre products converting company and part...

Tosha Hays addressing the conference. Courtesy: College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA

Textiles | On 27th Oct 2016

Industry experts discuss future of fabrics at UGA

Industry experts, researchers and military officials discussed the...

Textiles | On 27th Oct 2016

Fischer Konzept installs sixth Zünd digital cutter

Fischer Konzept, German developers of individual packaging solutions...

Interviews View All

Saket Garg
Garg Corporation

The biggest challenge is lack of skilled workforce and competition from...

Anshul Sood

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Rahuul Jashnani

‘Online economy has changed the whole dynamics of buying habits.’

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search