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Unions Apply For Permit To March In April

The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) will apply for a permit to march in Suva this April. FTUC national secretary Felix An­thony made the statement after the permit application to
24 Feb 2018 12:17
Unions Apply For Permit To March In April
From left: Fiji Trades Union Congress national vice-president Semisi Turagabaleti, FTUC national treasurer Agni Deo Singh, FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony, FTUC vice-president Latieta Gaga, FTUC president Daniel Urai and observer Rajeshwar Singh during the FTUC press conference at their headquarters in Suva on February 23, 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) will apply for a permit to march in Suva this April.

FTUC national secretary Felix An­thony made the statement after the permit application to march today in Suva was rejected by the Fiji Police Force due to pending investigations on Thursday.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions released a statement yesterday which stated that the Di­rector of Public Prosecution Chris­topher Pryde has decided that no charges would be laid against trade unionist, Mr Anthony.

Mr Anthony was arrested by police and interviewed under caution on January 24.

This was in regard to comments he allegedly made in a speech to a crowd of people at the Nadi District School after a march through Nadi town in support of striking Air Terminal Services workers on January 13.

The police file was sent to the DPP for an assessment of the evidence and a decision on whether any charg­es should be laid.

Mr Pryde said, “following a review of the police docket and the evidence, it is our opinion that the alleged com­ments do not constitute any offence that would support criminal charges against Mr Anthony and therefore the docket has been returned to po­lice.”

The FTUC held a press conference at its headquarters in Suva yester­day where Mr Anthony said investi­gations on any individual should not deny workers of Fiji, their constitu­tional right to march, to protest or their freedom of speech.

“I did say yesterday that the excuse given by the Police was a ‘lame ex­cuse’ to stop us from marching to­morrow (Saturday),” Mr Anthony said.

“We believe that decision was wrong, misconceived and unfair to the workers of this country.

“We are more concerned than dis­appointed that we cannot march to­morrow (Saturday) because of the denial of our rights.

“Trades unions are here to stay in this country and the workers of the country are determined to ensure that we don’t only stay, but we will grow and grow stronger.

“The fact that the permit was re­jected makes our resolve to march on Saturday even stronger.

“Our determination to ensure that we continue this fight for workers rights in this country is stronger and we are determined to see that we get the rights of the workers in Fiji that they deserve by virtue of their birth.

“Workers’ rights are human rights and we will continue to stand for that.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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