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Fiji Police Detains Trade Unionists

Reports are coming in of detention of several trade unionists at various Fiji Police Force stations.

Fiji Trade Union Congress in a Facebook post have confirmed that atleast two of the trade unionists are being held at separate police stations.

FTUC also claims that multiple trade unionists were earlier today taken in for questioning and later released.

FTUC General Secratery Felix Anthony

FTUC says that atleast one female trade unionist is being detained at Totogo Police Station while another union worker is being held in Lautoka.

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“Their lawyers are with them but as of now they will be kept in custody overnight. “

FTUC in their Facebook post says that this is gross intimidation of trade unions and breach of human rights.

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“Our officials have not broken any laws and we assume that it is just a tactic to stop any action tomorrow as today was last day at WAF, or to conduct union meetings this week with the terminated.”

FTUC on Facebook

Meanwhile, the Fiji Trades Union Congress has issued a release in which it says that they will go ahead with a National Strike on the 3rd of May.

Anthony says that the protest will adress issues such as their disappointment with government regarding the National Minimum Wage, Delay in Labour Law Reforms, Right to Strike, Vatukoula Strike, Unresolved Issues regarding the Federated Airlines Staff Association and Opposing the Imposition of Individual Contracts.   

In a statement, FTUC National Secretary, Felix Anthony says all FTUC affiliates will continue planning and preparing for the nationwide protest next Friday and a national protest march in Nadi next Saturday.

This will be done while the 52nd Asian Development Bank annual meeting takes place in Nadi next week.

The FTUC National Secretary says that there are some unions that may need to go on protest earlier than May 3rd as FTUC says they have received information of massive layoffs.

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