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Commissioner of Police is a Dictator says Felix Anthony

“This Government disrespects its own Constitution, creates laws such as the Public Order Amendment Act in breach of the Constitution and makes a dictator of the Commissioner of Police,” says Anthony.

Fiji Trades Union Congress General Secretary Felix Anthony
PC: Google

The General Secratery of Fiji Trade Union Congress this afternoon lashed out on the Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho and the Fijian Government after the protest march rally application was rejected by the Commander Southern SSP Filipe Jitoko.

In a press release Anthony says that “once again, we witness the Government of the day denying workers their fundamental right to assemble and protest against Government’s violation of workers’ rights.”

The FTUC applied for permit to assemble and march on the 1st July 2019 to stage the march on 10th August 2019. Despite the law requiring 7 days for an application prior to the march, the FTUC applied almost 40 days prior to the march, meeting all additional requirements (not required by law) by 13th of July.

Just 2 days short of the march, FTUC today received a letter declining the application with no reasons stated.

This is the fifth instance that the application has been rejected and that workers have been denied their fundamental right to assemble and protest.

“Yet this Government parrots off at every opportunity it gets that it fully respects rights of workers. A hollow pronouncement,” says Felix Anthony.

FTUC had raised serious issues in regards to violations that the ILO Committee of Experts have reported. There are other local issues such as the National Minimum Wage, Imposition of individual contracts and denial of Collective Bargaining, Labour Law review, termination of 2075 workers of WAF, ATS disputes, Vatukoula 1991 strike resolution and workers’ right to strike.

Felix says that the Government has failed to act on these issues despite giving assurances at the highest level; to the ILO and the Governing Body of ILO. It has failed despite FTUC continuously raising these issues.

Anthony adds that the decline of FTUC’s application raises some very serious concerns. Our rights are enshrined in the very Constitution that the people who head this Government imposed.

This Government disrespects its own Constitution, creates laws such as the Public Order Amendment Act in breach of the Constitution and makes a dictator of the Commissioner of Police. The very question of democracy in Fiji is at stake.

Felix Anthony- FTUC General Secratery

Section 18(1) of the Constitution states that “every person has the right, peaceably and unarmed, to assemble, demonstrate, picket and to present petitions.”

Commissioner of Fiji Police Force Sitiveni Qiliho
PC: FBC News

“This Government disrespects its own Constitution, creates laws such as the Public Order Amendment Act in breach of the Constitution and makes a dictator of the Commissioner of Police. The very question of democracy in Fiji is at stake,” said the General Secratery.

Anthony says that the Police Commissioner must explain why he has chosen again to decline our application to march.

There must be accountability in every branch of Government. Simply to say that the application is declined is not good enough. In fact, why is it that we even need to apply for a permit to exercise our fundamental rights. This happens in countries that have dictatorship or an autocratic government.

FTUC Genral Secratery Felix Anthony in press release.
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1 comment on “Commissioner of Police is a Dictator says Felix Anthony

  1. Bentley Wan

    Good on you Bro…not a dictator but a puppet of one

    Like

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