Respect ILO – Union

The affiliates of the Fiji Trades Union Congress continue to support the ongoing campaign  against police interference in trade union activities.

The Committee of Application of Standards had  made recommendations as follows:

Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) 

The Committee took note of the information provided by the Government representative and the discussion that followed. The Committee observed serious allegations concerning the violation of basic civil liberties, including arrests, detentions and assaults and restrictions of freedom of association. The Committee noted with regret the Government`s failure to complete the process under the Joint Implementation Report.

Taking into account the discussion, the Committee called upon the Government to:

■ refrain from interfering in the designation of the representatives of the social partners on tripartite bodies;

■ reconvene the Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB) without delay in order to start a legislative reform process;

■ complete without further delay the full legislative reform process as agreed under the JIR, the Joint Implementation Report;

■ refrain from anti-union practices, including arrests, detentions, violence, intimidation and harassment and interference;

■ ensure that workers’ and employers’ organizations are able to exercise their rights to freedom of association, freedom of assembly and speech without undue interference by the public authorities; and

■ ensure that normal judicial procedures and due process are guaranteed to workers’ and employers’ organizations and their members.

The Committee requests that the Government report on progress made towards the implementation of the Joint Implementation Report in consultation with the social partners by November 2019.

Here are some pictures of our affiliate the Fijian Teachers Association showing their dissent on police intimidation and interference  in the conduct of the trade union activities.

Application of Permit for march and public rally

PRESS RELEASE: FTUC Protest March and Rally in support of  WAF workers 

In view of the ongoing harassment against workers, and unionists, and the pending campaign issues that need to have been addressed by government, the FTUC has applied for a permit to organize a march and rally as follows:

Day:                                         Saturday

Date:                                        10th August 2019

 Place of Assembly:          Sukuna Park, Suva

March Route:                      Suva Flea Market to Sukuna Park

Time:                                       10.30am to 5.00pm

 

The campaign issues remain:

  1.  National Minimum Wage                       
  2. Right to Strike
  3.  Labour Law Reforms & POA
  4. Imposition of Individual Contracts
  5. FASA & WAF Issues                                             
  6. Vatukoula Strike
  7.  Harassment n intimidation of Trade unionist 

 The government has assured the ILO that trade unions are able to carry out their activities without interference and that these are well enshrined in the Fijian constitution.

The DPC Southern Registry and Fiji Roads Authority have confirmed receipt of our application yesterday 1st July 2019.  It is expected to be processed within 5 days by the FRA and 7 days by the Police. A separate application for venue hire has been made to Suva City Council.

We believe that democracy, human rights including freedom of speech, assembly, peaceful dissent and workers’ rights are being threatened and denied. Workers demand these fundamental rights be restored. These are inherent rights and must not be subject to Government approvals or generosity.

We invite all people who believe in these rights to participate. Government has nothing to fear if it genuinely believes it is doing  the right thing as it proclaims in international forums.

Felix Anthony

National Secretary

ITUC shocked to learn of Anthony’s arrest just two weeks after ILO urged it to refrain from anti-union practices

 General Secretary ITUC Ms Sharan Burrow

The ITUC has written to the Prime Minister expressing its shock at the repeat arrest and detention of the National Secretary FTUC just two week after the ILO Committee on Application of Standards  directed it to refrain from  anti-union practices including arrests. detention, violence, intimidation, harassment, and interference.

 

Read here the full letter sent to the PMs office.  Support Letter from ITUC –