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Nothing To Worry About If Law Not Breached: Qiliho

Police Commissioner assures trade unions, politicians Police role is to uphold the law Trade unions have nothing to worry about if they have not breached the law, says Commissioner of
10 Oct 2017 11:00
Nothing To Worry About If Law Not Breached: Qiliho
Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho

Police Commissioner assures trade unions, politicians Police role is to uphold the law

Trade unions have nothing to worry about if they have not breached the law, says Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.

He was responding to criticisms against the Police from certain politicians and trade unionists over unions’ threats to go on strike against civil service reforms.

The Confederation of Public Sector Unions (Fiji Public Service Association, Fiji Teachers Union, Fijian Teachers Association and the Fiji Nurses Association) rejects individual contracts replacing a collective agreement.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said Police were only doing their job when they investigated alleged breaches of the law. He said if trade unions were complying with the law, they should not be worried.

The FPSA has complained to the Public Services International about alleged Police harassment in its attempt to take a secret ballot for strike.

FPSA general secretary Rajeshwar Singh claimed two union officials were questioned and harassed by a team of Crime Investigation Department detectives.

National Federation Party (NFP) and Fiji Labour Party (FLP) leaders Biman Prasad and Mahendra Chaudhry also waded into the debate. Mr Prasad accused the Police of intimidation and harassment.

He said the NFP would alert the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) if Police did not stop.

Mr Chaudhry asked: “why is Police interfering in an industrial dispute?”

Brigadier-General Qiliho refuted claims of harassment and intimidation. He said the Police had a responsibility to uphold the law.

“If unions have not breached the law, what are they worried about?” he said.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said Police could not just sit there and do nothing when there were reports of alleged breaches of the law.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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