Repeka Nasiko (Fiji Times)
Monday, February 17, 2014
FIJI Trades Union Congress official Felix Anthony has revealed the union will be making written submissions to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Ministerial Contact Group that arrived in the country on Friday.
While speaking at a press conference in Nadi, Mr Anthony said the FTUC would make the submissions after not being able to attend a scheduled meeting with the high profile delegation.
“We were invited to meet with the delegation but the invitation came on Thursday which was a little too late for us and we are already committed this weekend, so we were regrettably unable to meet with them,” he said.
“However, we will be making submissions to the delegation in the coming weeks.”
Mr Anthony said discussions on improving relations between Fiji and Australia were positive.
“Improving relations is positive, however, they ought to be cautious,” said Mr Anthony.
“We are talking about returning democracy in this country.
“I believe Australia should be cautious in these talks.”
Meanwhile, the trade unionist has also revealed a keen interest in standing for this year’s September elections.
“We are keenly interested in standing for elections but a firm decision will only be released at an appropriate time.”
He said he would still stand up for the trade union movement if he had to leave his position as FTUC national secretary.
“I will have to give up my role as a trade unionist but that does not mean I will not keep fighting for workers’ rights.
“You can take us out of the union but you can’t take the union out of us, so we will always be interested in unions and workers’ rights.”