Fiji: unions demand international action on union rights
The TUC has joined with sister organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the USA to press our respective governments to take action over restrictions on union rights imposed by the military dictatorship that runs Fiji. These include restrictions on freedom of assembly, association and collective bargaining which have reduced workers’ rights and led to arrests and trials of Fiji’s trade unions.
In a letter to the foreign ministers of the four countries – which are acting together over relations with Fiji – the TUC, ACTU, NZCTU and AFLCIO call for a series of measures including sanctions targeted on the leaders of the regime, reviewing trade preferences, and reconsidering the UN’s use of Fijian armed forces as peace-keepers.
The TUC has asked the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, to raise these matters with his opposite numbers in Europe, too.