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Unions Saga: No March

Attempts to contact FTUC assistant national secretary Attar Singh last night for an update on the board meeting were unsuccessful.
03 May 2019 12:16
Unions Saga: No March
Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony (left), and Assistant National Secretary Attar Singh (right), outside the Police CID headquarters in Suva on May 2, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Roads Authority says a protest march planned by the Fiji Trades Union Congress in Nadi tomorrow cannot go ahead.

Last night the FRA said its decision had nothing to do with politics and neither was it anti-union.

“We are only one organisation involved in this decision,” said FRA’s chief executive officer Jonathan Moore.

“We are talking of about 10,000 people marching. We spoke to Police and they expressed concern on security as they are managing the ADB meeting in Nadi.

“We also have a construction site in Nadi so we don’t want to have about 10,000 people going through it.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said last night that they would relay their decision to the applicant once it was made.

The FTUC has also organised a national protest today.

The FTUC executive board was scheduled to have a meeting in Suva late yesterday afternoon without its national secretary, Felix Anthony, and discuss their preparations for the protest today.

It is understood that the Fijian Teachers Association and the Fiji Teachers Union are among the unions that support the protest.

Attempts to contact FTUC assistant national secretary Attar Singh last night for an update on the board meeting were unsuccessful.

It is understood union members have been asked to protest by not going to work. They could either take sick leave or family care leave.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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