The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions and the Fiji Trades Union Congress have met with the International Labour Organisation representatives who are visiting Suva.
|FTUC General Secretary Felix Anthony|
The two umbrella unions met the ILO jointly and presented their concerns about several employment-related decrees produced by the illegal regime.
The regime recently introduced the Essential Industrial Services Decree and the State Public Services Decree. Both threaten the rights of workers, wages and working conditions negotiated over decades of collective bargaining.
In a letter sent by FICTU to its affiliates and friendly organisations, its general secretary Attar Singh, says workers rights are enshrined in several ILO conventions and must be respected.
|FICTU General Secretary Attar Singh|
"We cannot sit back and allow such onslaught on our fundamental rights, won over decades of struggle by us workers and leaders gone before us. We have a responsibility to defend these rights. We must fight back to save the wages, working conditions, quality and dignity of all workers."
Headed by the ILO's second in command, Guy Ryder, the Delegation is meeting with the regime's dictator, Frank Bainimarama, today.
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