The General Secretary of the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions, Attar Singh, has refuted claims by the Fiji Trades Union Congress President, Daniel Urai, that trade unions were opposed to trade sanctions against Fiji.
Urai told Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that the FTUC had called for trade bans after past coups but faced opposition from their own members and affiliates.
He told FBC that representatives of the FTUC attending a meeting with trade union leaders from Australia will therefore not push for a trade ban against Fiji.
But in a media statement Attar Singh said the last time Fiji unions called for sanctions was after the 2000 Speight coup, when the Fijian trade union movement was united and made a collective call for sanctions after the meeting at FTA hall.
Singh says there has been no discussion to consider such a call amongst all unions since 2006.
Attar Singh says Daniel Urai therefore does not speak for all Fiji unions.
"Known 2006 coup instigators, supporters and beneficiaries like him should desist from speaking for Fijian workers."