Daniel Urai Manufolau, the FTUC General Secretary, now released from bail.
Good news from Fiji: YOU made a military dictatorship back down!
What a way to start the week! Eight days ago, we asked you to join a global union e-action on LabourStart calling on the Fiji government to drop charges against the leaders of the hotel workers union for organising a New Year’s Eve strike at the Fiji Sheraton. This morning we woke up to find that they had done precisely that!
Seven and a half thousand of you took that action – on top of a similar number who joined the International Food Workers (IUF) in urging the Sheraton’s owners Starwood to get the Government to back off. And it worked!
Dan Urai, General Secretary of the Fiji hotel workers’ union and also President of our sister organisation, the Fiji Trades Union Congress, is now freed from his bail conditions, along with his five fellow union leaders, and they won’t have to stand trial in March as planned.
Of course, this isn’t over. The regime may still take reprisals against Dan and his colleagues. And we are still campaigning for the ILO to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the regime’s appalling abuses of worker and trade union rights, and for the restoration of democracy on the Islands. But this a step forward, and you helped make it happen.
That should put a spring in your step this cold Monday morning!