FTUC is not instructing its affiliate unions or members on who to vote for in 2018 general elections – By Dhanjay Deo

The National Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress Felix Anthony says the FTUC is not instructing its affiliate unions or members on who to vote for in 2018 general elections but they are concerned that the current government shows little or no respect for workers’ rights.

Anthony has also stated that it is time for the teachers to decide for themselves on whether they want to continue to have the fixed term contracts without any collective bargaining rights or they want a more secure future in the teaching profession.

We questioned Anthony again on whether the FTUC or its affiliate unions are instructing their members on who to vote for as the unions have already stated that they are not happy with the current government’s policies for civil servants.

Anthony has denied this but has stated they are encouraged by some political parties who have said that they will work with the trade unions.

Meanwhile, Fiji Teachers Union General Secretary, Agni Deo Singh has also denied that they are advising their members on who to vote for in the elections.

Meanwhile, former senior minister of the Fiji Labour Party Krishna Datt had told the people in a National Federation Party campaign that if teachers in the country have any self-respect, they will not vote for the FijiFirst as he says the current government has taken away the self-respect and pride of teachers.

Datt says he still works from the office at Fiji Teachers Union building and meets teachers every day.

He says he is currently writing about the history of Fiji Teachers Union.

Press Release: Poverty in Fiji

The FTUC responds to the Attorney General who relies on outdated Household Income and Expenditure Study 2013-2014 to justify that the poverty rate in the country has declined today. This is absolutely false. We are aware that these numbers are massaged down to make Government look good. We in the Trade Union movement are in daily touch with workers and understand best what the real situation is on the ground.

The reality is that from 2007 to 2018 majority of workers in poverty have only received minimal adjustments. Collective bargaining in all industries was totally absent and therefore even cost of living adjustments were not made with a very few exceptions. More recently, we have only seen bonuses given to a few groups of workers. During the same period, Wages Council Orders have been adjusted only twice and more recently once with minimal adjustments.  The last adjustments was made unilaterally by Government with some benefits been reduced such as public holiday pay. A National Minimum Wage was set up in 2014 at $2.00 an hour which increased to $2.32 an hour in 2015 and $2.68 an hour in 2017. The argument that Minimum Wage is for unskilled workers is untenable. Every worker in Fiji deserves a decent wage irrespective of skills. This is a human rights issue.

Real wage has declined substantially within this period and in some cases up to 40%. In FSC for instance since 2007 to 2016, real wage declined by about 35% after a 10% wage adjustment was made in two parts over few years. But so has employment in the industry. From a high of 3500 employees to now about 1800 employees. Seasonal workers who comprise of almost half the workforce, who used to work 8 or 9 months a year now only work 4 to 5 months a year. The fact is that real wage has declined substantially over the past years. In 2016, the Ministry of poverty stated that the poverty line stood at $202.00 a week. That works out to about $4.60 an hour on a 44 hour week. Majority of workers in Fiji earn nowhere near that figure. That figure has now in 2018 has increased with the cost of living. This is why the FTUC in 2016 launched a campaign to increase the National Minimum Wage to $4.00 an hour with annual adjustments to ensure that the National Minimum Wage becomes the Living wage above the poverty line. This gives time for Employer to adjust.

Workers are more and more getting into debt and relying on withdrawals from FNPF, credit unions and money lenders in cases of emergency, housing and education.  We have also witnessed an increase in squatter settlements in the fringes of towns and cities. Noodles have become the staple food for many in Fiji. These figures that show decline in poverty simply does not match with the reality.

Pensioners are worse off with the reduction in FNPF pensions. One has to wonder why more than 75%  of members of FNPF have savings less than $10,000 and an additional 21% have less than $50,000 and only 4% have savings above $50,000. This tells a sad story about choices workers have on retirement where the current pension scheme is not an option for 96% of members of FNPF. This Government actually encourages workers to withdraw their retirement savings in case of natural disasters abdicating its own responsibility to assist the needy.

The AG talks about VAT being reduced from 15% to 9% but forgets to tell people that all basic food items that were previously zero rated are now subject to 9% VAT. This impacts the poorest most who earn well below the poverty line but pay 9% on all basic food items. This 9% also affects pensioners and even those unemployed or underemployed. So, the claim that workers earning less than $30,000 pay no tax is a lie. Everyone pays at least 9% tax on what they spend and the burden is heavier on the lowest paid as they spend 100% of their earning every week and in many cases much more through borrowings. The decrease of VAT from 15% to 9% was not matched with the decrease in price of other goods. Prices remained stagnant or increased due to increased import duty. One good example has been Rewa Milk. Despite zero import duty of dairy products for Rewa Dairy, price of milk increased. Imported milk which is heavily taxed is still cheaper in some cases.

There has been much said about free transportation, food vouchers, education and other freebies. There is currently no credible data as to the impact of these freebies and the numbers that actually benefit from them. We still have parents who are unable to afford uniforms, footwear, children turn up to school without lunch, free transport not available to all and giveaways like $1000 closer to elections, which are totally unaccountable. No one in Government has any idea how many small businesses’ have actually started up and what impact it has had to reduce poverty, if any. Other services that are provided, apply to only a small number of people like the elderly and the disabled and are again very minimal. We in Fiji today do not have a well thought out policy on social safety net for our people that give dignity to those most disadvantaged. These are just ad-hoc political programs and give no dignity to people nor does it help reduce poverty.  They are simply short-term vote buying strategies and propaganda.

It is also claimed that the income inequality gap is closing. People in Fiji can see that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. Wages have not kept up with the increase in the cost of living. These studies are simply an academic exercise and there is an obvious disconnect with reality. We note that the study referred to is also outdated and for the period 2008 to 2013, a period of economic stagnation after the coup. We are now in 2018 and the gap simply has got wider. This is mainly because the coup and of this Government’s Minimum Wage policy which condemns workers to extreme poverty. Employment has become more insecure because of the imposition of individual contracts. Our young people are being exploited under the National Employment Scheme (NEC) at $60 a week with no other benefits. Permanent workers are being replaced by attaches from NEC mainly in the wholesale and retail and garment sectors. We count each of them as new employment while we do not count the permanent jobs that have been lost as a result. We do not take into account under employment and casualization of work, which is becoming a worrisome issue.

It is time to deal with reality and not rely on outdated statistics. We commend the Catholic Church for raising these issues and bringing them to the fore and encourage all other religious organizations to do the same. This is all about social justice.   This is about uplifting the lives of those that are most disadvantaged in our society. These are real issues that affect all workers and their families. It is time that workers to think long and hard and decide what is best for them and their family when choosing the next Government.

Felix Anthony

National Secretary

 

 

 

Press Release:  Display of Arrogance and Ignorance

The FTUC condemns statements attributed to local government Minister Bala  stating that Councils will not deal with Trade Unions and will deal with workers directly. This statement demonstrates clearly the arrogance and the ignorance of this Minister of the current government. He clearly has no idea of what the Employment Relations Act is, and the rights of workers in the Constitution that his very government imposed on the people of Fiji. He has no knowledge of ILO Core Conventions or the principles of Tripartism. He is simply unqualified to be minister of anything.

The FTUC now calls on the Minister to educate himself on the very fundamental principles of industrial relations and if he has not been able to understand that in the 4 years he has been in office, he has no right to remain a Minister and must resign.

It is no surprise that none of the Municipal Councils have signed a collective agreement with the Unions despite many attempts by unions to do so. Unions are not the third party but the only other party where workers decide to collectively bargain. That is a right enshrined in our labour laws, the Constitution and international law. The Minister’s Government has repeatedly assured the international community and ILO that it respects these rights. Here we have a Minister who calls Unions the ‘third party” and will not deal with them. This double talk has become the hallmark of this Government.

The FTUC calls on the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to confirm the Minister’s remarks as the true government policy and if not what action is going to be taken for such irresponsible and arrogant statement by the minister. Let us see what this government stands for.

We also note that this Minister despite being ineligible to be a candidate in the last elections after the Court had ruled that the Supervisor of Elections was wrong in disregarding the decision of the Electoral Commission in disqualifying him, no action was taken by the Supervisor of Elections. Had it been an opposition member, the Supervisor of elections would have acted immediately. We need an explanation from the Supervisor of Elections, why he has failed to act. He has been quick to report any trivial matter to FICAC when it comes to the Opposition Parties. This begs the question of the independence of the Supervisor of Elections.

It is because of the inaction of the Supervisor of Elections, that we face this display of arrogance and disregard for the laws of Fiji by this minister who thinks he can get away with murder.

Felix Anthony

National Secretary

 

FTUC and FICTU Unites

PRESS RELEASE: TRADE UNIONS UNITE

The Executives of Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions (FICTU) and Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) met today following ongoing discussions between the two National Centers and decided to Unite. The Parties discussed the unity process and agreed that a follow-up meeting will be held on the 23rd October in Suva to make the final preparations to merge the two organizations.

Leaders of both organizations recognize the huge challenge that face workers in Fiji with an openly hostile Government that only seeks to weaken Trade Unions. In fact, the current Government has attempted to kill the trade union movement all together with the Essential National Industries (ENI) Decree, Public Service Amendment Decree, the Public Order Amendment Decree and through other legislations. Today a huge number of workers have no collective bargaining rights which includes all civil servants. Government has unilaterally imposed new conditions of employment in the Education Sector, Medical services and in other Government owned entities. Jobs today are more insecure than ever before. Workers’ right to strike has been curtailed and denied. Today it is impossible to even conduct secret ballots for industrial action as the Permanent Secretary habitually refuses to supervise any ballots. The Elections Office imposes new rules on election of Union Office bearers as they wish, which we believe is interference into the internal affairs of the Unions. Government is attempting to control unions. Trade Unionists are not allowed to participate in politics or even be a member of a political party. A clear denial of our fundamental human rights. The list goes on.

Having considered all these, both FICTU and FTUC have decided to unite. All FICTU affiliates will rejoin the FTUC. A National Council Meeting of FTUC will be held on Saturday, 27th October 2018 where all affiliates of FICTU will be welcomed back into FTUC. We are extremely concerned at the sad state of affairs in Industrial Relations and the fact that Government only gives lip service to Tripartism and generally to workers of Fiji. We seek to unite to ensure that we stand up for workers in Fiji with one voice and ensure that workers’ rights are fully respected and implemented. We shall continue to strive for decent work and dignity at work.

The FTUC records its appreciation to the Executives of FICTU and in particular the efforts of Mr. Attar Singh, the past Secretary of FICTU in the unity talks.

Felix Anthony

National Secretary

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“Trade union struggles have been part of our fight for freedom and justice”- Mandela

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Speech by President Nelson Mandela to a May Day rally

South African History Online 

Speech by President Nelson Mandela to a May Day rally

Kimberley, 1 May 1998

Comrade Chairperson;
Friends,

Each year as we join millions across the world to celebrate the victories of
workers, our own Freedom Day is still fresh in our minds.

Today we meet in Kimberley to mark South African Workers’ Day just a year
since we also celebrated our freedom in the Northern Cape, in Upington.

The achievement of our rights as citizens and our rights as workers should
indeed be celebrated together. Our history has made them inseparable.

Trade union struggles have been part of our fight for freedom and justice.
Organised workers under the banner of Cosatu were a vital force in the final
years that dealt the death blow to apartheid. Together we won our greatest
victory, the election of a democratic government led by the ANC.

Sometimes it seems that we have come so far in these four short years that we
can forget what tremendous things have been achieved.

The basic amenities of a dignified life that were denied to the majority of
South Africans are now reaching millions, whether it be clean water;
electricity; health care; access to decent education; or housing.

Even though it is only the beginning of a task of many years, we are right to
celebrate the 1,000 electricity connections that have been made every day, on
average, since 1994, and the 1,000 people who have gained access to clean water.
We are proud that each week has brought two new clinics with access to
health-care for some 20,000 people; and that at the moment 1,000 houses are
being brought into construction or completed under the subsidy scheme every two
and a half days.

If by working together we have been able to do that in our first few years of
freedom, when we had to establish new government structures, and develop new
policies that put people first, then we should face the challenges of the future
with confidence.

Thanks to democracy organised workers can now make vital inputs into laws of
the country.

New laws have opened the way for improvements in working conditions, in
health and safety in the work-pace and in wages. No longer do we have a
government that sees farm workers as not deserving of the same rights as others.
No longer will the use of child labour be allowed.

Comrades;

In striving for our goals we must dispel the idea that change can come from
government alone, while our people wait passively for delivery.

As we were our own liberators, so too must we change our own lives for the
better.

However good our new laws may be on paper, they must be implemented and
enforced before they bring benefits to workers and others. However good the
policies of the government are, nothing will come of them without the active
participation of each and every one of us.

COSATU unions have worked hand in hand with communities and local government
to develop the areas in which we live; to build community policing forums as
part of the anti-crime campaign and to help bring an end to violence against
women and children.

We count on organised workers to strengthen the offensive against crime and
corruption in the work-place, including the criminal justice system and civil
service. With your help we can weed out ghost workers and ghost pensioners and
end the theft and wastage of public resources.

One of the most urgent and critical challenges facing our country is the
creation of more jobs. We have turned our economy from years of stagnation to
sustained growth. But not enough new jobs are being created.

Here in Kimberley the Big Hole stands as a monument to the contributions
which workers have made to our country’s economic development. But it also
reminds us of the challenges of diversifying our economy and creating new jobs.

The Jobs Summit will give government, business and labour the chance together
to find a path to sustainable job creation. This crucial initiative will succeed
only if all sectors make a contribution. As preparations for the Summit are
being finalised, government is looking at how it can further enhance
job-creation. Organised business and labour will also need to ensure that in
what they bring to the process, long-term interests prevail over short-term
considerations.

Organised workers are indispensable to our efforts to deracialise our
economy. Whatever the final details of the Employment Equity Bill it is based on
a fundamental principle. And that is, that we do need corrective action to put
right the historical wrongs caused by discrimination and prejudice against
Africans, Coloureds, Indians, women and the disabled. We know that we can count
on unions within our Alliance, as proud custodians of non-racialism, to ensure
that this instrument of affirmative action is never used to advance any one
group at the expense of others.

Workers and their trade unions are at the economic heart of our country. It
is you who mine the minerals and produce the exports that fuel our growth. It is
you who put the food on our tables and build the facilities that deliver the
services our people need.

Without your organised participation our efforts to become more productive
and competitive will not succeed. With employers and government, you can help
our country meet the challenge of reshaping our economy to make us a force to be
reckoned with in the world. With your help our country will be put on the road
to sustainable growth and job-creation.

Comrades;

For all these reasons, strong organisation of working people, and a strong
Alliance, is as important for the future of our country as it is for workers’
own interests.

Because government and the ANC have broader responsibilities, there will be
differences from time to time amongst Alliance partners. What counts though is
now we handle such differences when they do arise, and the commitment to seek
negotiated solutions.

Our Alliance has been the driving force on our path to freedom and a just
society. As long as it remains strong and united it will keep our country on the
path of change. Above all it will help to ensure that the needs of the poorest
and most vulnerable come first.

The foundation for a better life has been laid; and the building has begun.
Forward ever!

Issued by: Office of the President

Union delegates at Water Authority of Fiji learn on how to strengthen their role at the workplace

Union delegates from National Union Workers( NUW) working at the Water Authority of Fiji(WAF) greater Suva area offices  gathered for a two hour learning session at  the FTUC HQ yesterday afternoon after work.

16 union representatives gathered to educate themselves on their role at the workplace and the  collective agreement signed by the Union with WAF.

The session was organised by NUW at the request of the members and it focused on issues such as :

  • knowledge about the structure of unions and the global trade union movement,
  • ILO Conventions and how it is linked to our labour laws and terms and conditions at the workplace.
  • Role and responsibilities of a Union Delegate and a Union Member
  • What makes an effective union delegate
  • How to conduct union meetings and negotiations
  • Dispute and  procedures applicable to them as workers.
  • Collective Agreement and ERA

The union reps  raised questions which were clarified by NUW Organiser, Anasa Tuviniwai.

Government continues to trample upon Workers’ Rights – Anthony

National Secretary, FTUC

The Fiji Trades Union Congress is shocked at the level of hypocrisy demonstrated by the Prime Minister in his speech at the UN Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The Prime Minister claimed he was inspired by the principles on which Mandela lived and pursued his struggle. He spoke of human rights and how Mandela fought to ensure rights of his people and almost attempted to draw a parallel with his atrocities here in Fiji. This is a total demonstration of disrespect for a great soul like Mandela.

Human rights have been at the center of the Trade Union Movement’s struggle in Fiji for the last decade under his Government’s rule. In fact, the whole world including the ILO has called upon his Government to respect human rights including workers’ rights over this period. We cannot ignore the fact that lives have been lost under this Prime Minister’s rule, people have been incarcerated and persecuted for even attempting to stand up and speak, many have been beaten up including trade unionists, the media has been muzzled and manipulated, intimidation of farmers and the population in general has diminished our freedom of speech, imposition of a Constitution that guarantees absolute immunity for all atrocities committed by him and his cohorts and falsely

claiming in the Constitution that ‘We the People of Fiji hereby establish this Constitution”,  imposition of Decrees that violated human rights and workers rights, denial of fundamental freedoms and workers right to strike, protest and the list goes on.

It is ironic that while he was singing praises for respect for human rights, his Government back home denied workers the right to march and protest against his policies on minimum wage, labour law review, individual contracts and denial of collective bargaining by Unions, right to strike and denial of justice to ATS Workers and respect for their rights. These are very fundamental issues for workers. These rights are enshrined in our labour laws and ILO Core Conventions which Government is obligated to respect and indeed undertook to do so on many occasions including signing on to a Tripartite Agreement witnessed by the Director General of ILO. One can only reasonably conclude that the Prime Minister is ignorant of the facts on the ground here in Fiji or is living a lie.

It is time, that the people of Fiji understand that speeches written in the US and edited here by agents of Qorvis, paid for by all citizens of Fiji and read by the Prime Minister are not normally facts but simple propaganda to deceive the world and Fijians. The FTUC calls on all workers at this time to think long and hard about electing a Government that respects workers rights, is committed to decent work and dignity at work for all workers. The task of fighting for these rights can no longer rest on the shoulders of a few trade unionists. It is time for workers to decide their future.

 

The FTUC welcomes the support of many Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) in Fiji, religious organisations, Chiefs and the community in general for its support in our struggles. These struggles arise only when we have a government that is insensitive, careless and lacks appreciation and respect for fundamental rights. It is this type of Governments that have to rely on handouts during election time to make up for its shortcomings. There is no dignity in handouts nor is there any accountability, a foundation of good governance.

 

The FTUC is not about to give up on the struggles facing workers in Fiji. This denial of our rights will be reported to the ILO and we need answers as to why we cannot protest and demand for our rights. If those answers cannot be given here, they would have to be given in the international forum. We do not see any reason why this Government has decided to reject our application for a peaceful march and a rally unless they are scared of their own people. The FTUC demands answers from Government on its refusal to grant a permit. We recognize that this is a political decision and not one taken independently by the authorities concerned.

 

 

Felix Anthony

National Secretary

 

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Media Statement in response to AG’s comments on trade unions and the Fiji Times

Media Statement in response to AG’s comments on trade unions and the Fiji Times

It is almost hilarious that the Attorney General should attempt to attack Fiji Times for misreporting but would remain completely silent when other media organizations openly campaign for his Government and political party. Fiji Sun has a daily dose of Government propaganda, similarly the TV stations do the same but it does not seem to raise the AG’s ire until Fiji Times reports the other side of the story. The ATS saga was one example where apart from the Fiji Times, all other media outlets simply chose to side with ATS and the Government until FTUC filed a complaint with the Media Authority who has to date not responded to the complaint. Where was the AG then about fair reporting.

I told the AG that he will not lecture the trade union movement on how to conduct itself in 2015 before we signed the Tripartite Agreement. He knows nothing about trade unions nor does he have any experience at running one or being a member of one. He can try and pretend to know it all. I remind him again. He must learn to respect Unions and their leaders as they are democratically elected by their membership.

Union leaders do not barge into functions where employers decide a bonus for workers to be photographed for political reasons as the AG always does. We fight a good fight and ensure workers are better off and not to be photographed. The AG controls 10 portfolios in this Government and also attempts to be a trade Union leader at the same time by making promises to workers and handing out bonuses hoping that workers would turn away from Unions. That does not work and will not work.

The AG accuses Trade Unionist of acting for political gain. If fighting for the rights of workers is political, then so be it. Unions will have to this time around lobby political parties that a sympathetic to workers cause. That is a normal function of any trade union. If politics is so bad as the AG makes it out to be, then maybe he needs to explain his involvement in it.

The trade Union movement will not be deterred by naïve comments that the AG spews not to convince workers but to confuse them. We remain focused on our struggle to ensure a decent minimum wage, right to collective bargaining, labour law review, our fundamental Part right to strike and justice for workers at ATS and other companies that exploit worker. We will not give up the fight and the sooner that is understood the better we are.

The AG may also want to explain to the people of Fiji as to why Government has hired Qorvis to conduct Government Public Relations and also campaign for the Fiji First Party. Press releases from Qorvis and Grahame Davis is public secret. Why should the tax payers pay Qorvis to strategize and propaganda for Government and Fiji First Party. The AG must explain if he truly believes in transparency and honest and being Godliness as he advertises.

Felix Anthony

National Secretary

Withdrawal from all tripartite events and committees- FTUC

 

Dear Affiliates and Committees,

The FTUC National Executive Board meeting on Saturday 1st September agreed that FTUC  withdraw from any tripartite activities and events, line Ministry meetings and consultations on Boards / Committees with immediate effect.

This is until such time that  Government enters into meaningful discussions with Unions and FCEF, and completes its agreement signed in Geneva and in Fiji.
FTUC is now actively pursuing with ILO its case.

Please inform your members & staff who may be Committee  or Sub-Committee representatives or part of consultation forums and tripartite  events. This also includes any events organized by other institutions that may be in a tripartite setting.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us should you need further information or clarification.

In solidarity
Felix Anthony
National Secretary
FTUC

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Refusal to use Sukuna Park : Human rights violations continue – FTUC

The Fiji Trades Union Congress has on the last two occasions applied for a permit to march in Suva to bring to Government’s attention the pressing issues that face workers of Fiji. On both those occasions, permit was rejected for no apparent reason. This is clearly a violation of our Human and Trade Union rights. The Fiji Constitution imposed by this Government in Section 18 gives the people of Fiji the right to assemble and protest peacefully. Yet the workers have been denied this right without any reasons given by Government.

In the last instance, Suva City Council had denied workers the use of Sukuna Park to hold a rally and instead had granted Coca Cola to host a promotion. This was despite the fact that FTUC had applied earlier than Coca Cola. It was only after when FTUC insisted, the Park was made available but then the Police simply wrote a one line letter to deny the permit. This is a serious violation of our rights. We are supposed to be a democracy where people are free to protest within the laws. Government must explain why it has chosen to deny workers the right to protest. It’s silence on this matter is unacceptable.

The National Executive Board of the FTUC met on the weekend and evaluated the situation facing workers and noted that critical issues facing workers were not being acted upon by Government. They remain:

  1. Minimum Wage of $4

  2. Imposition of Individual Contracts and denial of Collective Bargaining

  3. Delay in Labour Law Review

  4. Right to Strike

  5. Air Terminal Services Disputes

  6. The decimation of Tripartism.

Attempts have been made to raise these issues at the Employment Relations Advisory Board but have fallen on deaf ears. Workers cannot wait forever for Government to act. The Board felt that these matters are of public interest and greater awareness needs to made on these issues.

We hear Government stating that it has implemented the maternity leave, paternity leave and family care leave effective 1st January 2019. These are matters that FTUC has been negotiating at the ERAB board in the labour law review since 2013. They are not new matters except for the fact that FTUC was seeking to increase the annual leave but Government decided to call it family care leave. Either way they amount to the same. The increase in maternity leave is consistent with the ILO Maternity Protection Convention. However, FTUC believes that to attain decent work which Government has committed itself to doing, all 6 outstanding matters need to be addressed immediately.

The National Executive Committee therefore decided to organize a Workersmarch through Suva and a Rally at Sukuna Park on the 29th of September 2018 at 1030am. Applications for a permit have been made to the Fiji Road Authority, the Suva City Council, the Police Department and the Divisional Commissioner for a permit. Surprisingly, the Suva City Council has written back to advise that the Sukuna Park is now zoned as a recreational park and would therefore not allow a rally unless we sought permission from the Local Government Ministry. Clearly, the Suva City Council prioritizes recreation ahead of Human Rights and people’s Constitutional Rights. There is something drastically wrong with this sort of thinking. We are aware that the Park is being used for other purposes without any problems but SCC believes it not to demonstrate for fundamental rights. FTUC will take this matter up with the SCC and the Ministry. Let us see whether true democracy exists in Fiji.

FTUC invites all workers and their families and those that support the workers’ cause to participate in the march and the rally on the 29th of September 2018.

Felix Anthony

National Secretary