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Take Politics Seriously And Vote Wisely, Says Urai

Union members are urged to strive towards merging so that their resources are fully utilised and well equipped to serve their members.
30 Aug 2020 14:18
Take Politics Seriously And Vote Wisely, Says Urai
(From left) International Labour Organisation Director Matin Karimli, Fiji Trades Union Congress National President Daniel Urai and Opposition Whip and member Lynda Tabuya at the 48th Biennial Delegates Conference at Holiday Inn, Suva on August 29, 2020. Photo: Fonua Talei

Take politics seriously and vote wisely was the advice given to participants of the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) 48th Biennial Delegates Conference at Holiday Inn yesterday.

Addressing the conference, FTUC’s National President Daniel Urai said, “I wish to remind all workers that we must take a serious interest in our politics that is what democracy is about.”

“You represent the majority in any community when you add your families, relatives and friends. It is your vote that determines you and your children’s future. Vote wisely,” he said.

Mr Urai also stated that small unions were severely limiting FTUC’s ability to fully serve its membership and fight for fundamental rights.

Union members are urged to strive towards merging so that their resources are fully utilised and well equipped to serve their members.

“While the future is uncertain, one thing is certain. Trade unions are here to stay. Be it a pandemic, an earthquake, a cyclone or an anti-union regime, we have a role to play,” he said.

“Under several decrees and anti-union regulations, we have remained firm. We must review our direction and charter new pathways into the new world of work.”

“We need to unselfishly pool our resources together with the best way forward, in order to better serve the membership and ensure the long term survival of the trade union movement.”

The rapid assessment report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Employment and Business was also launched yesterday.

The assessment, which surveyed 2132 union members who were financially affected by the pandemic, was carried out between May 13 and June 19 this year.

It highlighted that based on the minimum wage rate and 30 per cent reduced income, an average worker on reduced hours was taking home $75 pay per week.

The report stated that should there be further closure of businesses, 94 per cent of workers have indicated that they do not have the capacity to transit to alternative forms of employment as the majority live in the urban areas and do not have access to land or village social safety nets.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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