|No strikebreakers here: Support in India for Fiji sugar workers|
Sugar workers in India have held rolling demonstrations against being brought to Fiji as strikebreakers.
The IUF, which represents Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations across the globe, says demonstrations have taken place in two states, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
In a statement the Karnataka Sugar Workers Federation, an affiliate of the IUF, declared solidarity for the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union and denounced what it says are plans by the Fiji Sugar Corporation to break the strike using engineers from India.
The Fiji sugar union has accused management of turning to India to thwart plans for a strike, following 90 per cent of workers voting in favour of one several weeks ago.
But in a statement the Karnataka Sugar Workers Federation, an affiliate of the IUF, clearly rejects any talk of involving them saying they're on the side of workers.
The Karnataka Federation also condemned the Fiji Sugar Corporation's use of the military to intimidate workers.
The Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union insists that despite threats from management, the bulk of its 2000 workers voted to strike after FSC failed to offer a favourable pay rise.
The union also says the regime posted military at the Lautoka mill to scare workers. The regime claims it's protecting equipment.
The International Trade Union Congress, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions have all pledged their support for the Fiji union, whose national executive is due to meet this week.