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Unions Saga: Fiji Trades Union Congress doubtful of march permit

FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony said yesterday that he had not received any word from the Police on the union’s application for a permit to march.
02 May 2019 10:53
Unions Saga: Fiji Trades Union Congress doubtful of march permit
Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony with Water Authority of Fiji workers, whose contracts ended on April 30, at the FTUC office in Suva on May 1, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Trades Union Congress is doubtful it will receive a permit from Police to stage a protest march in Nadi on Saturday.

FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony said yesterday that he had not received any word from the Police on the union’s application for a permit to march.

“It looks like we won’t get anything because of the way the Commissioner of Police spoke to me a short while ago,” he said in an interview yesterday afternoon.

The FTUC has planned a national protest tomorrow and it has asked all its affiliates to prepare for it.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said yesterday that Police have not made any decision on the FTUC’s application to march.

The FTUC’s key office bearers met last Wednesday and decided that a national protest would go ahead as planned tomorrow.

It also decided to hold a national protest march in Nadi on Saturday.

Mr Anthony had said in a statement last Friday that they must undertake the protest and the march to continue raising their disappointment with Government regarding six issues.

The issues are the national minimum wage, delay in labour law reforms, right to strike, Vatukoula strike, unresolved FASA issues and opposing unilateral imposition of individual contracts.

The national protest planned for tomorrow coincides with the Asian Development Bank’s Board of Governors meeting that is currently underway in Nadi.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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