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Friday, September 2, 2011

Fiji's Sydney community at front of global rally

STANDING UP: Sydney pro-democracy advocates.

A show of strength today from the Fiji community in Sydney, at the rally outside the Fiji consulate.

As in New Zealand, the rally was part of a global day of action co-ordinated by the International Trade Union Confederation.

The Australian Council of Trade Union led today's Sydney march;  ACTU has been running its own web campaign by LabourStart and Australian unions, with thousands of unionists from Australia and across the globe already sending protest emails to the Bainimarama Government.
 
ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence says Australians are outraged at the continued repression of human and worker rights by the military regime led by Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

 
“It is becoming increasingly unsafe for workers in Fiji to stand up for their rights, which are being removed systematically by Bainimarama as his military seizes control of workplaces.


"We will not sit back and allow the rights of Fijian workers to be trampled by this military regime.”

Lawrence says Australian unions condemned the arrest and subsequent court hearing of Daniel Urai and Danesh Gounder, as a violation of the rights of trade unions and Fiji’s international obligations.
 
In a show of support for workers in Fiji, the ACTU Executive recently resolved to support Fijian unions, including calling on the Bainimarama Government to restore workers’ rights by revoking the draconian Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree, and to hold democratic elections.

 
A delegation from the International Labour Organisation last month travelled to Fiji to investigate serious allegations of human and worker rights violations.

 
Lawrnece said: “Independent trade unions are needed in Fiji to deliver decent work to its people, 40% of whom live below the poverty line."

 
MUA National Secretary and ITF President Paddy Crumlin also condemned the Fijian Government for its ongoing attacks on the rights of union members and their leaders.

 
"In Fiji, not only are workers' rights being attacked but union leaders like Daniel Urai are being detained by the regime for speaking out.


"The MUA and ITF have a long history of fighting for the rights of union members around the world and we won't be stopping now."
 
TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon said under the new decree, workers in some sectors had been totally disenfranchised of any rights, including the most fundamental entitlements.

 
“For instance, a Fijian baggage handler working 50-55 hour week for Qantas would lose up to half their pay, down to less than AU$90 a week. Qantas and Air Pacific just think they should stand by and collect profit. That is simply unacceptable."

http://www.actu.org.au/


FIJI SUPPORT: For marginalised workers and unionists.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

thank you guys

Anonymous said...

The present and past governments,unions and pro-democracy movement never have or had any interest for for the workers or their rights in Fiji.

Unions have problem now because, Anthony,Urai and rest of the crooks are insecure and their pockets are empty.

Pro-democracy movement will do anything to push Qarese,Nationalists and Methodist agenda.

None of the past and present government support workers because cheap labor suits the economy.

Pro-democracy movement and Methodist Church
is a partnership of convenience.Methodists which makes up 20 to 25% of Fiji's population can not dictate to rest of Fiji.

John Wesley was a good man.He was born Anglican and died as Anglican priest.I don't think he would approve what some Methodist executives are doing in Fiji.

Anonymous said...

Vinaka Vakalevu ACTU/NZCTU! Let's up the tempo! Out with the evil ways! Bring back FREEDOM to Paradise! The arrogant bastard has totally lost the plot!Let's take him down to the cleaner!

Anonymous said...

Vinaka vakalevu Pita na toso ki liu dou sa sasaga jiko qori mai Aussie. Sa da na qai raica qo ike na gu ni yalo vata ena kena sagai me vakadaberi ki ra na matanitu sega ni dua e digia ena vuku ni veivakalolomataki sa yaco jiko qo mai noda. Once again vinaka na toso ki liu...

Anonymous said...

weilei vilimoni boletawa... sa tuki na vasivote se wara?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:51 - you sound like a person with military ties and it is not surprising people like you still speak out because you are one of those who's life now hinges on the illegal government NOT being taken over by a democratic one. The consquences of all your military led collective actions will reap this just reward it will rightl fully deserve SOON - long prison sentences. When your judgements are clouded by facts you continually make up to justify the current actions of this iilegal government, it signifies a few things;
1. You are all afraid of what is about to happen to this iilegal government
2.You are all desperate to cling on to the only life line that ensures your current free status in society - POWER
3.Greed has surpassed all reasoning which will be the eventual and is now evident, the cause of the downfall of the Bainimarama Government

Sad thing is, the children will be the ones to clean up the mess in the years to come to get Fiji back to being an economically viable country.

Anonymous said...

VINAKA VAKALEVU. YOU ARE THE VOICES OF THE OPRESSED ONES IN FIJI. FIGHT ON AND FINISH WHAT YOU HAVE STARTED. OUR VALUES AND INTEGRITY WILL ALWAYS BE THERE BUT WE HAVE TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE ACCESS TO ALL THESE TECHNOLOGY. I RECENTLY CONDUCTED A RANDOM SURVEY ABOUT THE FAMILIES WHO WERE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THIS STUPID COUP, THE RESULT ARE DEVASTING. SOME FAMILIES LOST THEIR HOUSES, HAVE TO PULL THEIR CHILDREN BACK FROM SCHOOLS EVEN OVERSEAS, MEDICAL BILLS, YOU NAME IT, ITS HEART BREAKING.

WHEN THE DUST IS SETTLE. WE MUST MAKE SURE THE CULPRIT HAVE TO PAY BACK THESE HARD WORKING CITIZEN SOME HOW OR THE OTHER.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!

Anonymous said...

vinaka koya na bete...vaka e mosi tu na ulumu...bau dredre..lolz

Anonymous said...

Vinaka guys.
keep fighting and soon fiji will be free.
united we stand divided we fall.
rajesh

Vanua. said...

That guy 6th from left with the Moses beard - that Mark Manning?

Anonymous said...

6.51 has forgotten that military arrested and tortured attar singh in 2007. I remember they also throw stones in his house at night. Bloody lamu sona. Attar never stop. He is the only union man speaking all the time.

Anonymous said...

Vinaka vakalevu Turaga Mataqali Pita......sa voleka mai na gauna ni tatamusuki. Drau yalici Vore kei Aiyarse mai va qo vei keitou na kai Kubuna i Wai me keitou samuraki rau vinaka sara mada.
Keitou sa viri ba tu yani qo.