Friday, November 16, 2012
Fiji makes 'urgent' ILO list
Fiji has been cited by the International Labour Organisation in a report singling out 32 cases of what it says are 'the most serious and urgent concerning the right to organize, collective bargaining and social dialogue'.
The ILO's Committee on Freedom of Association listed Fiji alongside Argentina, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Peru in cases it examined that included the murder of four workers in Argentina.
No direct mention of the attacks on Fiji trade unionists but the Association urges Frank Bainimarama's to discuss the return of an ILO Direct Contacts Mission to the country.
The regime stopped the mission from trying to verify first hand complaints over the lack of freedom of association made by the Fiji Trades Union Congress.
In its report, the Committee calls on the Government 'to undertake independent investigations without delay into the allegations of physical assault, harassment and intimidation of trade union leaders and members.'
The full report is available at the following link: