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Friday, August 5, 2011

FICTU questions timing of new employment decree and civil servant union dues

The Fiji Islands of Council Trade Unions (FICTU) says an announcement by the regime to deny the deduction of union fees from civil servants will effectively kill trade unions, the last of the major democratic organisations in Fiji.

As of yesterday, the government has stopped any union fees being deducted from the pay packets of civil servants.

FICTU's general secretary, Attar Singh, says this is the first time in Fiji's history that an anti union decision has been made.


"None of the previous governments, either elected or unlected took such an anti union decision. The Rabuka regime decreed the removal of the then law, the Trade Unions Recognition Act, CAP 96A in 1991 but continued voluntary check off," Singh said.

Singh is also questioning whether the decision to stop the deduction of union fees from civil servants is in retaliation to the associated threats of industrial action by Australian unions recently.

The Australian Transport Workers Union had called for industrial action and the disruption of flights to Fiji. It has also called on all Australians to stop holidaying in Fiji. The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions was also considering something similar together with other sanctions.

"The fact that it comes right on the heels of a raging debate on whether the authorities had in fact planned to issue a decree effectively neutralising unions in industries it considered critical and the associated threats of industrial action by Australian unions raises the question whether this action is taken in retaliation," Singh said.

Singh says the regime has moved a step closer to outlawing effective unions and enslaving workers has called on the Bainimarama regime to treat workers and their unions fairly.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress has also denounced the new employment decree saying "with a stroke of a pen, the government has gone into record as totally stripping off the gains of almost 8 decades of struggle of workers of Fiji".

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

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convolutedexperiment said...

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We must keep the momentum going now.

Once people have overcome their fear of taking action, anger will take over and then retaliation !

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

So much appreciations to the Aust Unions for their comarade support. Bring in the embargo and whatever industrial activities that would slow down and halt the juntas. A lot of people are ready to support but we need as much hands on deck.

For those who are fearing the hunger and sufferings people will receive, just bcos you were getting decent food since 2006. For those of us who lost employment, went to prison, coming home and could not put food on the table, can go for another 5yrs.

So, let us all stand together and fight toe-2-toe against the illegal regime.

Anonymous said...

Go atar. You in everybody in. Tagane dina.

Anonymous said...

YEAH ANONYMOUS 05/08/2011 6.54 PM.! TOO MUCH TALK AND RHETORICS BUT NO ACTION...

TALK SENSE...WHY YOU WENT TO PRISON IS YOUR OWN PERSONAL BUSINESS.

Anonymous said...

I support any boycot or strike against this govt. just tell me when

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