The Fiji Trades Union Congress Youth and Women’s Committee launched its Inter Union Quiz Night at the FTUC Conference Room on 26 May 2017. The quiz night was facilitated by Bro. Rajnesh Lingam, President of the FTUC Youth Committee who welcomed members, affiliates, guests and executives to the launch and to the first round of the inter-union quiz for the central division.
Bro. Felix Anthony, FTUC National Secretary delivered a powerful message on youth empowerment and the need for the young leaders to grow within the trade union movement. He also emphasized on the need to educate the upcoming leaders on labour law and strengths of the trade union. In addition, he expressed his appreciation on the turn-out by members and guests for the evening in support of the event.
Also invited to the launch was our guest speakers Mr Govind Singh, General Secretary of Council of Pacific Education (COPE) and Mrs Basundra Kumar of Fiji National University and former Assistant General Secretary of Fiji Teachers Union spoke on young people’s growth including capitalizing on every opportunity to educate and develop their skills with confidence.
A call was made for affiliates to register their teams from Central Division. Five teams that registered were from the Fiji Maritime Workers Association, National Union of Workers, National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers, Fiji Teachers Union and National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industries Employees.
Then two (2) teams selected to participate in the initial round for the quiz competition in the Central, which was:
- Team Unity – representing National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers
- Fiji Teachers Union
The quiz sessions were based on current affairs, parts and sections of the ERP, International Labour Calendar, structure and history of FTUC, ILO Conventions and general knowledge questions for participants. Team Unity came out “winners” of the central division first round. The wining team received a Trophy and cash prize for the team. The runner up team also received a trophy and cash prize for the team.
Sister Ajeshni Lal, President of FTUC Women’s Committee, concluded the event with a vote of thanks and announced the opening to the evening social gathering.
The FTUC Youth & Women’s Committee and the secretariat are thankful for the following unions who provided their support to the organizing committee and the successful launch for the event:-
- National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers
- National Union of Workers
- Fiji Teachers Union
- Association of University of the South Pacific Staff
- Fiji Public Service Association
- National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industries Employees
- Communication, Mining and General Workers Union
- The US Embassy representative also made a donation towards the event
Approximately 80 union representatives and well wishes were present at this event.