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The Lautoka Arbitration Tribunal, in an emergency hearing initiated by the National Union of Workers (NUW), has denied all four orders put forth by the union against the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF).

The Tribunal made it clear that when a contract has come to an end, the former employee is no longer authorized to enter the premises of the employer.

The Union had led its members to believe that they had contracts for an indefinite duration. WAF opposed this view and has taken the position that workers can either be Temporary Workers or Permanent Workers but every worker’s contract must be for a specified term.

To clarify confusion the Tribunal instructed WAF to issue a circular to all former employees whose contracts have ended, clearly outlining the details of the situation and instructions on how to apply for the next round of projects. The Union must also circulate this information.

Bhavesh Kumar, WAF Board Chairman said, “As we have said from the beginning, you are more than welcome to apply for the next round of projects. We have provided all the information and our human resource teams are already processing applications.”

Mr. Kumar thanked the 650 plus workers who have already applied for the next round of projects.

Interested workers can apply directly to WAF using this link:

The Tribunal has indicated that both sides must work together to resolve all other pending issues.

Both parties are before the Tribunal again on Wednesday 8 May 2019 in Suva.


What is the process and fee for a new water connection?

How much is the Lodgment fee?

  • House under construction / Vacant land / Commercial or Industrial
    • $101.00.
  • Completely built house. – [Please provide a letter from the lands department and/ or completion certificate ]
    • $21.95. [Please provide a letter from the lands department. completion certificate or Stamped Statutory declaration on the completion of the house]

Processing Time

  • Inspection to Approval – 15 Working days from the inspection date.
  • Installation – 30 Working days from payment of New Connection cost, on a first-come, first-serve basis. [Stakeholder processing may cause delays]. *Note: Approval of installation is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

How much does the new connection cost?

  • Type A – $285 [“T” from existing connection] Type B $345 [direct connection from WAF main line]
  • New connection costs for Commercial and Industrial customers will be estimated according to requirements and a cost will be provided.
  • Road Crossing/ Service Enlargement is payable if required for additional meters requested. This will be communicated when the approval of internal and external stakeholders are obtained. WAF on behalf of FRA will refund any unused monies to the customer where applicable.