Here is the Link to the FTUC Calendar of Events for 2019-2020.
The Special Delegates Conference of the FTUC adopted a set of resolutions.
Please click on this link FTUC SDC 2019 – Resolutions to view full text of the resolutions.
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:
- The FTUC Youth and Women’s Chairpersons are co-opted as observers with speaking rights on the National Executive Board.
- That at least two of the Vice Presidents are women.
- That the number of Youth and Women’s Reps to the National Council Meeting has now increased to four(4) from two (2).
- 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.
- 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.
- Workers Activities Committee (WAC)
- Organizing Committee (OC)
- Policy Committee (PC)
- 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
FTUC representatives deliver protest letter to Indian High Commission in support of workers and unions in India
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.
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)
on behalf of Felix Anthony- NS FTUC.
Here’s a media release from FPSA on
”New 2016 FRCS Tax Regulation”
Here’s an article from the Fiji Times dated 14th November on ”Human Rights body withdraws award”.
Here is a press release by FPSA in response to Fiji Sun’s Jump to Defend Ceo,FRCS, Instead of Reporting the Main News From FPSA’s Media Statement.
Here is the press release by FPSA on Misinformation and Ignorance that Trade Unions Fail to Submit Log of Claims to ERAB.
Here is the press release on FPSA calls for the Resignation of the CEO of FRCS.