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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Two more powerful organisations show support for Fiji unions

STRENGTH IN GLOBAL NUMBERS: PSI affiliate, Service Employees International Union, leads Los Angeles County Employees in 2009. 


More good news for Fiji - two more powerful international labour organisations are putting their might behind the country's beleaguered trade unions and their officials.

ICEM IN LONDON
The first is the Public Services International (PSI), which has penned a strong letter to the illegal regime logging its concern about the gazetting of the new Essential Industries Decree and the planned amendment of the Public Service Act.



The letter by PSI's general secretary, Peter Waldorff, also tackles Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's controversial plan to scrap the check-off system for the sector and misinformation about the Civil Service Act.

A letter dated August the 4th to the self-appointed prime minister Fank Bainimarama says: "PSI regards this matter as the latest in a series of vindictive attacks on public sector unions by the interim administration."

PSI is a global union federation of public sector trade unions and has 620 affiliated unions in 160 countries, representing 20 million workers. It is officially recognised as an non-government organisation for the public sector in the International Labour Organisation, and has consultative status with the United Nations ECOSO and observer status with the other UN bodies such as the UNCTAD and UNESCO.


ICEM IN MELBOURNE
The organisation has led successful campaigns against major corporates including the mining giant, Rio Tinto, carrying out simultaneous industrial action in London and Melbourne (see pictures to the right of page).

The other movement to come behind Fiji's trade union movement is the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), another powerful global union federation of trade unions. ICEM represents 467 industrial trade unions in 132 countries and has a membership of more than 20 million workers.


The organization, which is based in Geneva,  represents workers employed in a wide range of industries, including energy, mining chemicals, pulp and paper and many others.

ICEM's strongly worded letter to Fiji's illegal prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, condemns the arrest of FTUC president, Daniel Urai, and says: " The harassment and intimidation of trade Unionists is truly unacceptable to ICEM affiliates around the world."


The letter, which is signed by general secretary Manfred Warda, warns the military dictatorship to back off. Quote: "On behalf of 20 million members in 132 countries ... I send you notice that we will  mobilize all our resources to condemn these vicious attacks from your government."


ICEM Letter to Bainimarama
http://www.mediafire.com/?xuk

Editor's Note: Technical glitch with the PSI letter but we will publish it as soon as possible

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

The methodists, hindus, chiefs, unions, all workers, all women, vanua, all FNPF present and future pensioners, all SDL and all labor supporters who add to 600000 people must march and do citizen arrest of the gang of thugs junta and make them stand trial.

People power and people revolution is the only hope to get rid of this corrupt and oppressive regime and restore democracy, human rights and peoples rights.

People need people power and not people charter which is lie.

The thugs junta is dozen corrupt men and people are 800000 who have power.

A group of 1000 methodist church members can overthrow the junta of dozen at anytime.

convolutedexperiment said...

Aiyaz won't budge.
He has the idea of an Islamic State fixated in his brain.
They will use Fiji as a cash cow to fund one, but it won't be in Fiji !
I will laugh if it all blows up in either Indonesia or Malaysia's face.
Imagine after all their support for Aiyaz Regime, if he turns around and attempts to establish an Islamic State there !

Anonymous said...

Fiji is no longer an island state somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. It is now a part of the big Global Village and is governed by a set rules observed by the International Community.The Trade Unions and their leaders know that for a fact.One wonders if the so called learned LAWYERS say `AYE`TO this.

Hafiz Khan-suva said...

Bainimarama this advise is to help you servive. You lock this Aiyas Khaiyum in military camp and surrender your powers to the president. President will than appoint an interim administration and conduct election within 3 months under 1997 constitution. In doing so you might get pardon and peoples blessing will save you.

Sofia yr X said...

I was watching Fiji One News yesterday were this self appointed/so called attorney general appeared.By the look and the way he was presenting it clearly demonstrates that this gay is lacking direction,confused,under pressure and in summary the poor pinky is totally LOST .

Anonymous said...

I am looking to the date when we will march into the streets of Suva to show solidarity against this interim regime and all its supporters that we have had enough of their messing with the people of Fiji. Down with the regime and down with Voreqe's dictatorship.

Anonymous said...

Who elected this hand puppet master to make decrees to ruin people of fiji lives and make hell the live of unions and all workers in fiji and cut the FNPF pension 65%??

Why should people of fiji put up with the decrees.

Challenge him to stand election in any seat- wont get one percent vote, then try make decree.

John Howard said...

Most of the 800,000 couldnt care less as all of Fiji's governments, past and present, have focussed on their own agendas, whether its leaders using their official positions for their own personal gain or for pushing agendas for the benefit of the chosen few.

Thy know if they give rid of this one, they'll probably end with a government worse than this present one such as Qarase's corrupt and racist government.

Anonymous said...

ASK has lost it,I am sure ,because he puts out his one -sided message using all media and does not allow other views,is that dumb or stupid or sick or has he gone mad.Just how he intends to solve all our problems without consideration for Laws,Ratified conventions etc.beats me.Who on earth are his advisers.What we do know is some "key" people came from abroad and locally to save Fiji but they have left already SO it's just him and thickhead Baini.

TURUKAWA said...

as quoted by ABC,"the interim government should do is five things immediately; first to immediately stop the arbitrary detention, torture and other ill treatment of critics and activists, including of trade unionists, secondly to immediately suspend the Public Emergency Regulations that have been used in this instance to charge the two trade unionists charged within the past week, to end censorship of the media, to ensure that freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are respected, and finally in regards specifically to the new decree, to repeal this and other anti-union legislation and to fully respect the fundamental human rights contained in the ILO conventions that Fiji has signed up to, which guarantee the right to form and join trade unions, the right to collectively bargain and the right to strike.

Anonymous said...

All sugar mills in fiji are breakdown and slow and consumer council report is 192% increase in local sugar price.

This is what people of fiji got from the 2006 coup, not forgetting the 20% devaluation and massive 150% increase in food price.

Where is workers pay rise when the junta paying themselve 700000 year?

Anonymous said...

I'd like iLlegal Attorney General Khaiyum to explain to ILO how come he and his puppet are paid through Nur Bano but all other Civil Servants paid through Ministry of Finance.

Nothing but Corruption.
Obviously hiding something. How Pathetic.Pointing the finger at others and calling them Hypocrites but you are the biggest hypocrite of all.

Aiyaz and Bai are so lost in their own little world,playing with their little "lakri". They don't know what is right or what is wrong any more.
I hope you two enjoy your future in Naboro, along with your sisters Shammeems.

-Valataka na Dina.

Anonymous said...

ASS KHAIYUM DRIVEN TO NAUSORI THE OTHER DAY STOPS AT 9 MILES NASINU AND SEES A NEW ORANGE BUILDING,ASKS THE DRIVER WHOSE BUILDING,SO BIG AND WHERE DID HE GET THE MONEY FROM,GETS THE OWNERS NAME RINGS UO FIRCA AND THE PLACE WAS RAIDED IN AN HOURS TIME BY FIRCA,,,JITOKO ,MOALA WE KNOW YOU SAVING YOUR JOB BUT BE AWARE YOU ARE SINNING AND YOU BOTH ARE ALREADY LIMPING ,SO TIME CLOSE TO REPENT OR SAME FATE AS PIO TIKODUADUA

Anonymous said...

I am both amazed and lost for words about the article on page 3 of today's Fiji Sun that in 2006, the US "was reluctant to label the actions a coup."
Then what do you call an incident when a democratically elected government is overthrown?Ambassador Steve McGann - you an arsehole!!!!
Why did you differ from Australia and NZ?

Anonymous said...

@annon2.15pm....Do you still read the Sun?...no wonder yo`re confused.Anyway, Attar Singh & Felix Anthony Tate & Lyle should be a good score..maro sare-ke..don`t hold back...kemdou sorovia mada...left, right & centre.

Anonymous said...

To anon 2:15pm - What I read and do is NONE of your business!
On the contrary, I am NOT confused like u are!!
The Sun gives one a fair idea of the pulse/tempo stupid!!

Anonymous said...

To anon 2;15 - show some grey matter and answer my question?/

Koi Waimaro said...

Qarase wanted the Aust and NZ government to attack Fiji, to save his position.

That is treason of the highest order and as a result, the President removed him as PM. part of the President's decision was based on the Court ruling that SDL was illegal.

Steve McGann is rightfully correct.......it was not a Coup.

Koi Waimaro

Anonymous said...

Can I know from coup 4.5 what is Radio Tarana's role right now.They helped the regime in the early days with Bainimarama giving interviews .Please let me know what they are doing to fix up the mess they have contributed to.People in Fiji are suferring and they have to take some responsibility for being so irresponsible .the media here is censored ,not in NZ so to redeem themselves and become crdible ,they should help tell the other side of the story,the TRUTH.