Special Conference endorses amendments to FTUC Constitution

The FTUC Constitution Review Committee chair Mr Agni Deo Singh presents his report.

The delegates of the FTUC Special Conference  endorsed some major changes to the FTUC Constitution to formalize the  unification of the FICTU with FTUC.

The major amendment to realize the  unification  was the addition of one Vice President and one Assistant National Secretary, which was unanimously adopted by the Conference.

The Youth and the Women’s  Committee also had submitted proposals to the Constitution Review Committee for consideration which was endorsed as follows:

  1. The FTUC Youth and Women’s Chairpersons  are co-opted as observers with  speaking rights on the National Executive Board.
  2. That at least two of the Vice Presidents are women.
  3. That the number of Youth and Women’s Reps to the National Council Meeting has now increased to four(4)  from two (2).
  4. The Youth Conference will now be held at least one month prior to the Biennial Conference and the Women’s Conference to be held in the month of March.
  5. Divisional branches of the Youth and Women’s  Committee to be  formed  in order to involve greater number of youth and  to be effective in implementing the National Youth Plan of the FTUC.

Also several committees of the FTUC have been formalized.

These include:

  1. Workers Activities Committee (WAC)
  2. Organizing Committee (OC)
  3. Policy Committee (PC)
  4. Communications &  Publicity  Committee(C &P)

The other Committees are the youth and women’s committee.

for a full list of amendments , please see attached: FTUC – Constitution Presentation – SDC FINAL

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FTUC representatives deliver protest letter to Indian High Commission in support of workers and unions in India

FTUC representatives deliver protest letter to Indian High Commission in support of workers and unions in India

FTUC Executives delivering the protest letter.

Affiliates of the Fiji Trade Union Congress  delivered a letter of protest in support of Unions in India to the Second Secretary to the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Sahoo this morning at their LICI Building office.

 ,The protest letter signed by National Secretary, FTUC, Mr Felix Anthony on behalf of the 35  Affiliates of the FTUC, was hand -delivered by Suva based National Executive Board  members to the Second Secretary of the High Commission who received it on behalf of the  High Commissioner Mr Vishvas Sapkal. Delegates gathered this morning at the FTUC Conference Hall to prepare for the  presentation.

The FTUC is planning  two more days of action to support the ITUC Global campaign against the Modi Government ,the 2nd one on March 21st and then on 18th April.

Unions in India held national strikes in the month of January  to show their dissent to the labour law reforms and minimum wage.  The ITUC-AP President and  National Secretary, FTUC, Mr Anthony addressed the workers in India with Ms Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.

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FTUC Appoints two new representatives to their Executive Board

New Appointments to FTUC National Executive Board

 

The Fiji Trades Union Congress held its Special Delegates Conference on Saturday 16th February 2019 at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi. The Special Delegates Conference is a constitutional requirement of the Congress where The National Council calls for a Special one-day Conference to deal with specific issues and debate on issues that affect the working people and adopts a work plan for the next.

On the day of the Special Conference, more than of 150 delegates and observers from Trade Union Affiliate Leaders attended the Conference. The Guest Speaker was Director Pacific Island Countries Mr Donglin Li, International Labour Organization [ILO] – and the key note address was delivered by University of South Pacific Professor Vijay Naidu from School of Government and International Affairs .

A panel discussed the Stakeholder views on three key issues affecting the Employment Relations in Fiji.

  •  I) National Minimum Wage,
  • II) Individual Contracts
  • III) Right to Strike

The contributors were Dr Neelesh Goundar, University of South Pacific Senior Lecturer in Economics, Mr Nesbitt Hazelman,  Chief Executive of Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation , Trade Unionist Mr Attar Singh and Chair & Consultant of Peoples Community Network, Father Kevin J. Barr . THE Panel discussion was moderated by the Assistant National Secretary of FTUC, Ms Latileta Gaga.

The main purpose of this Conference was to amend the Constitution to support the unification of the FTUC with former FICTU.   Hence, the Special Delegates Conference appointed two more members to its National Executive Board.

Newly appointed Vice-President – Brother, Netani Drauvesi,

President, Fijian Teachers Association.

Assistant National Secretary – Brother, Attar Singh,

General Secretary, Fiji Mine Workers and Staff Union.

These are 2 additional position created to accommodate the merger with now a total of 4 Vice Presidents and 2 Assistant National Secretaries.  The current  Board members are President, Mr Daniel Urai, Vice Presidents Ms Teresa Ali ,  Semisi Turagabaleti and Ms Miriama Buitaki , National Secretary, Mr  Felix Anthony , Assistant National Secretary Ms Latileta Gaga, and National Treasurer, Mr Agni Deo Singh who were elected at the Biennial Delegates Conference in May 2018. The current  term ends in May 2020.

The delegates reaffirmed their commitment to work together to promote the rights of Fiji’s workers.

 (Watch this space for further updates on the SDC)

FTUC Communications,

on behalf of Felix Anthony- NS FTUC.