Unions Saga: Not Over Yet

Congress national executive board defers action until further notice
04 May 2019 12:58
Unions Saga: Not Over Yet
Trade unionists Felix Anthony (left) with Daniel Urai. FILE PHOTO

It seems the fight is not over yet for the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC).

At its national executive board meeting on Thursday night, the FTUC decided to defer the planned protest yesterday and protest march today because no permit was issued.

Congress national president Daniel Urai said last night that the next move would be decided by the union’s management board.

“It’s just a deferment of the national protest and the protest march,” he said.

“We made a decision at the FTUC biennial conference to take action and we have to abide by it.

“The biennial conference made a decision to take action and we can’t change anything, but abide by it.”

In a statement posted on its website on Thursday night, the congress national executive board said it decided to defer the May 3 protest and the May 4 protest march until further notice.

“The board is confident that the FTUC has already received huge media attention than had been initially anticipated locally and internationally,” it said.

“The FTUC will continue to lobby for the six issues that have been part of its campaign for the past years.”

The six 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.

FTUC assistant national secretary Attar Singh said the management board and national council would meet again and look at what had transpired in the past few days.

“We will have to look at the intimidation by Police and the manner in which the Police restricted gatherings, even in private properties, and work out things,” he said.

Also in the statement, the FTUC board acknowledged the continued immense support from local and international institutions, affiliates of the FTUC, the international and regional trade union fraternity, civil society organisations, the general public, well-wishers and the legal fraternity.

“All affiliates and those solidarity-support institutions that participate in our protests are strongly urged to take note of the deferment of the two planned activities and await further advice,” it said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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