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Friday, August 5, 2011

Australia's umbrella union goes to bat for Felix Anthony

TRADE UNIONIST'S ARREST FLAGGED: Gillard asked to step in and prevent Felix Anthony being taken in.

An eleventh hour plea has been made by Australian unions to the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to prevent the imminent arrest of FTUC's general secretary, Felix Anthony.

In a letter from the president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Ged Kearney, the umbrella union urges the Australian government to intervene.

ACTU has asked Gillard to direct the Australian Ambassador to Fiji to warn the regime against the arrest of any trade unionists, in particular Felix Anthony.

FTUC's president, Daniel Urai, and fellow union official, Dinesh Goundar have already been arrested and appeared in court yesterday, charged with unlawful assembly under the Public Emergency Regulations. 

The regime intends to arrest all three of the trade unionists who went to Australia and New Zealand revently to lobby for help over the regime's plan to crackdown even more on workers, via decrees.

Rajeshwar Singh is understood to be still in Australia but should be returning to Fiji this weekend.

30 comments:

  1. Booyah.

    Gillard herself comes from a strong Union background.

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  2. Despite our opposing views and differences of opinion, these guys deserve a bloody medal !

    Evil succeeds when good men do nothing !

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  3. Now the battle lines are drawn it will be interesting to see how things develop from here. I feel that the military junta may bitten off more than it can chew.

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  4. Remember Romania workers revolution, workers of fiji must do a revolution to overthrow the junta who are gang of thugs.

    Workers and people of fiji have the power and are 800000 and junta a dozen gang of thugs, who will run when chased and fiji ecnomy that is bankrupt already collapses by the push from the workers.

    A national strike and opposition of all forms is a must now.

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  5. WHAT THE AUSSIES GONNA DO ?? THEY DONT EVEN WANT TO MEET RUM ETC???
    WHAT A USELESS BUNCH OF PRO DEM FIGHTERS. THEY MORE EFFECTIVE IN PRISON IE EXPOSES REGIME TO WORLD. SO ITS GOOD IF THE ARE ARRESTED UNLIKE RUM WHO IS LAMU TO GO TO PRISON.

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  6. Apply the pressure, the more the better. We need a concerted effort from outside but someone in Fiji needs to organise.

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  7. Only way to kick the voaka and the voaka eater is to put a complete ban on Fiji. urging Hon John Key to support madam PM.

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  8. Baini & sayarse are playing high-stake poker now; see who blinks foirst, them or the union guys.
    If Baini & Sayarse win then the unions are dead & the leaders (Urai, Attar, Felix, Goundar, Rajeshwar will either end up digging cassava at Naboro or seek asylum in NZ or Aussie.
    As for the common citizens of Fiji they gonna starve, beg or steal. Inflation up, production down and more Fijians recruited by Iraqis & Afgahnis as cheap securitys on the front line.
    When will the army revolt? Not likely if they are well fed and taken care-of by baini & ayarse.
    The rest of this year will be critical

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  9. rule is simple, have permit to meet, no permit, so face the music!

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  10. You are awesome, Felix Anthony. Saw his clip in youtube while he was in akl,i think everyone should go over that.

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  11. time for auss/nz trade union to put strike on all fiji flights/ships.
    ftuc/other fiji union should strike now.
    enough is enough.
    time for people power.

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  12. All methodist church members are workers and need to join the unions and workers of fiji and FNPF current and furture pensioners and march and arrest the junta of thugs and put on trial for their crimes and corruption.

    People of Fiji revolution must be done and people charter rubbish no more.

    People power must come up now and the gang of thugs junta around 12 of them must be arrested by the people.

    People are 800000 and who elected this gang of junta thugs and its tin pot dictator and puppet master.

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  13. So please tell me how this junta can stop a strike?

    OK rather than violence folks just stay home for a few weeks and give up your pay.

    Short term sacrifice for longer term gains.

    So its illegal to strike eh? They cannot force people to work.

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  14. jake says.....

    Workers what are you people waiting for. Do you like watching your daughters & sons raped right in front of you.

    Irs like a thief breaking into your house..steal your assets, rape your family and you stand there doing nothing because you're scared & gutless ....Fijians


    You have an idiot President already who is just there for himself not Fiji.

    Act NOw.

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  15. Jake says...

    HEY......FIJI/VITI....
    REMEMBER SOME WISE MEN & VISIONARY PEOPLE SAID DURING THE EARLY MONTHS OF THE COUP...

    THIS EVENT HAS COME TO FULL-CIRCLE.

    DA SARA SARAGA

    ALL THE LIES, TORTURE, KILLINGS, VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS, CRUEL TO HMANILY....

    ONCE WERE SLEEPING WITH THE ENERMY...

    NOW BARKING ANF FIGHTING...CORRUPTIONS, NEPOTISM ETC ETC...

    KAILA.

    THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.....

    TOBO TALE......NA KALAVO.

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  16. Coup four and half: Please accept my thank you for the great job. You have replaced FijiTV, Times and Sun, Radio Fiji and all Fiji mainstream media to inform us all on whats happening. Just Wanna say Vinaka and keep more coming especially on kaiyum corruption.

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  17. @ Semi Meo............ Bro, you have gone slow and quiet, why??? Things have surely built up but least to your expectations. Have you been in the Unions before, have you seen embargos and things like that get organised, I think never.......... io se boce ga!!

    I told you before that there is SOMEONE, i do not agree with your NO-ONE. We will see!!! What say???

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  18. Fiji, why are u talking aboiut Australia negatively as king what it can do for u? ASK YOURSELF WHAT U CAN DO 4 YOURSELF AND YOUR COUNTRY.

    What a bunch of bludgers hanging on to Gillard's skirt tails. The Muslims of Mddle East countries are far better than u Kai Viti Lamulamu.

    Your soldiers in your small miniscule Army are a bunch of lamulamu who scare innocent people, women and children with their old rusty rifles and firearms.

    That is the trouble with an Army run by someone who runs at the first sight if death, WHAT A SIGHT RUNNING THROUGH THE CASSAVA PATCH IN 2000.

    Who can trust a man who turned his back on those who put him where he is today.

    Remember everything comes to an end. I NOW WARN THE PUPPETEER (NASHAT SHAMEEM) AND THE HER PET PUPPETS (JVBAINIMARAMA AND AIYAZ SHAYED KHAIYUM)

    BLOGGERS, IT IS TIME NOW TO START LISTING ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE TO GO FOR AND PUBLICISE FOR ALL OF FIJI AND THE WORLD TO KNOW AS THE CULPRITS AND THE SUPPORTERS AS OPPORTUNISTS IF THIS ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT

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  19. It will be interesting to see how this issue develops?...The Australian Council of Trade Unions is extremely powerful in Australia. Julia Gilliard & her Gvt have an empathy with this oeganisation being Labour. Should the Fijian Unionists be warned & released I think this will go away. Should they be harmed or imprisoned it is quite likely that Australian Trade Trade unions take direct action against Fiji...which might involve refusal to service, fuel,baggage handle or give air traffic services to Air Pacific aircraft in Australia. The unions in Australia are very powerful.

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  20. Dear Prime Minister Gillad,

    Can you consider please insert a clause in the Pacer Plus agreement that if Fiji is in Breach of ILO convention of labour rights, it cannot be a party to the free trade agreement. This will sort out the mulla for good. We cant trade with a tyrant State which is rogue and has no respect for workers right. Full Stop.

    This wil see the econony of Fiji grow by 25%.

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  21. Game update.

    As one side continually threatens using crude local macho personalities & politics their opponents - 2 of which are powerful woman - galantly prepare to defend their internationally recognised democratic principles & basic human rights banner - no brainer.

    As if Viti didn't already have enough on its plate somebody then goes out picks a fight where there can be only one outcome.

    They isolates Viti's fuel supplies what then? All Taukei resort employees leave their jobs & go back to their village and weave baskets - wave happily at passing tourists buses - all kai Dia drivers & businessmen merrily abandon their current plans and resume planting sugar cane under Fiji's balmy sun?

    Viti cannot function under this current 'isolist' policy.

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  22. Great stuff bloggers! Strike til the cows come home while we in Fiji suffer. We all thought Frank was an idiot in 2006. He is still in power after 5 years. So let's not under estimate him. Military do not negoitate

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  23. Nothing will happen and she will be business as usual in Fiji. Nurses striked in 2007,what did they achieve. No pay for 4 weeks and evenutally they catpulated. We all nid paisa!

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  24. We're tired of the waiting game. Military govt is pathetic and the people have been suppressed of their rights. Its a pity when you wanna hear the latest updates when meeting people on the streets of Suva. A cousin of mine whom i met at the bus stand was asked, "Tavale vacava tu na matanitu?..koya veirai yaki tale qai kaya va qo..awa tou lako yani dua na vanua safe da qai lai talanoa..that just shows the fear of expressing their own views/. no freedom no rights.I had lunch - ika vakamiti at one of the the Yatu Lau arcade stalls., Alot of army officers will be in civilian, eating and eavesdropping to the grasroots ppl conversing, then they go update the junta..sa yawa ga nodra intelligence..ra yavu boci.
    The grassroots people are suffering and they're helpless..

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  25. what else are the people of fiji waiting for????
    its time to make a stand against this regime, even the aussies are ready, what about us???

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  26. It took a long, long time for people to really figure out that the power base to get Fiji on path to "democracy" whatever that now means was to go back to the TRade Union Movement! Not Roko Ului, Jone Baledrokadroka nor Suliasi Daunitutu! For a very simple fact, they can do things that other Institutions can't and that included some Governments! The question is how will Frank counter this new front that once supported it? Had Frank already prepared a counter punch to the Unions or is the latest reactions by Khaiyum a knee jerk reaction? Will the Union movement in Fiji stand up to the challenge or will Franks think tank break up the movement-piece by piece? Has Frank enough support from the Fijians in Fiji to say no to the UNIONS?? Will this now cause a rethink by Aussie & NZ on how to tackle Frank with regards to SANCTION? Now will the locals in Fiji accept that-just as the Cubans supported Castro? Time will tell! Dri Yani

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  27. Saturday, 6 August 2011, 1:15 pm
    Press Release: ITUC

    Fiji: all-out assault on trade unionism by the military government
    Brussels, 5 August 2011 (ITUC OnLine): The military government of Fiji has engaged in an all-out assault on trade unionism this year, by force and by decree, and it is getting worse by the day. Just this week, union officials were detained, questioned and charged with “unlawful assembly” by police simply for meeting with union members to prepare for collective bargaining negotiations. “This is completely unacceptable. Any and all charges must be dropped”, said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary. Earlier this year, several trade union leaders were brutally beaten by members of the armed forces for exercising their fundamental trade union rights.

    A series of laws and executive decrees have chiselled away at fundamental worker rights and in some cases have even eliminated the possibility to challenge the unilateral acts of the government, which undermine workers’ industrial and democratic rights, before any tribunal. With the issuance this week of the Essential National Industries Employment Decree, the rights of Fijian workers were dealt yet another severe blow. The decree, among other things, requires existing unions to re-register under burdensome new rules, voids existing collective bargaining agreements and all but eliminates the right to strike — in any industry that the government may designate. “This decree constitutes a near total repudiation of the fundamental trade union rights of the International Labour Organization,” explained Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).



    “There is no question as to the government’s aim – to destroy independent trade unionism in Fiji. We will not stand back and allow that to happen,” stated General Secretary Burrow. “Its actions leave us with no other option than to escalate further our campaign to mobilize the international community to condemn these acts and to advocate for the restoration of trade union and democratic freedoms in Fiji.”

    The ITUC represents 175 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 305 national affiliates. http://www.ituc-csi.org and http://www.youtube.com/ITUCCSI

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  28. Thank you President of ACTU for applying the pressure, FYI - Julia Gillard was a former ACTU employee, get the drift...so FIJIANS everywhere overseas & locally need to pressure this
    IG. They dont know FIJI is heading towards bankruptcy....No Paisa for all.....

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  29. “What we should also be concentrating on now is caring for our own
    immediate families, abiding by the law, and praying to God Almighty
    to shine His light on the hearts of our leaders so that their leadership
    is guided by truth, justice, honesty and humility.”

    Vunivalu of Rewa

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  30. Take the guns away and then we have a level playing field. Only then,people will tell the regime what they think and how they wish their country to be governed.
    The military advisors have to understand that suppressing people with weapons will further aggravate hatred.By continuing with the PER you are simply confirming to the whole world that you are dictators no matter how you say it.If Ai arse and Voreqe are soooo...confident of themselves and their plans for Fiji then they should remove the PER and let's begin real dialogue with all stakeholders.
    Also ,what is with the bodyguards,why are you so scared...it's because you know you are wrong,wrong wrong all the way.

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