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Collective Action Ensures Workers Rights, Says Anthony

The meeting of two rival trade union groups to unite against Government is a major mile­stone, says Felix Anthony. The general secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress said there
29 Oct 2018 10:22
Collective Action Ensures Workers Rights, Says Anthony
Fiji Trades Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony with National Federation Party (NFP) candidate Attar Singh during the national council meeting on Saturday. Photo: Sheenam Chandra.

The meeting of two rival trade union groups to unite against Government is a major mile­stone, says Felix Anthony.

The general secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress said there was a need for collective action on the rights of workers.

The two groups are the FTUC and Fiji Islands Council of Trade Un­ions.

Mr Anthony was speaking during the National Council Meeting on Sat­urday.

“We will discuss the unification of Fiji Islands Council of Trade Un­ions (FICTU) and Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) and welcome back all the affiliates of FICTU back into FTUC,” he said.

“I think this is a major milestone for the trade union movement in this country and this has become a ne­cessity because of the hostile stance that the Government has taken against trade unions in this country.

“We believe that our purpose will be best suited if the workers of this country were united.”

Mr Anthony is amongst trade un­ionsists / politicians who have been impacted by union leaders having to decide between being a union leader or a politician.

The power of individual union lead­ers has also been weakened by the increasing move to individual con­tracts for workers and other reforms.

Mr Anthony said that they were hoping to discuss their concerns in regards to the individual contract.

“We believe this is totally against the principles of collective bargain­ing and weakens the trade union in this country.”

In addition, the members of FTUC and FICTU had discussed national minimum wage.

Numerous attempts have been made to reach the Minister for Em­ployment, Productivity and Em­ployment Relations Jone Usamate for comment but there was no reply when this edition went to press.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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