From the TUC

Fiji: unions begin to tighten the screw on the military dictatorship

25 Oct 2011, By

Trade unionists protest in Sydney, against ongoing attacks on workers’ rights in Fiji (Photo: Alison Rahill)

As reported yesterday on Touchstone, Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama chose to travel to Geneva when the Commonwealth barred him from the Heads of Government Meeting this week, addressing an International Telecommunications Union conference.

UNI, the global union which represents telecoms workers like the ones in Fiji whose workplace rights the Prime Minister is taking away, responded immediately by asking the ITU to cancel the invitation and meet unions urgently.

But Prime Minister Frank might return home to even worse, as Radio New Zealand reports that Australian unions are now putting into practice a campaign to dissuade tourists from visiting Fiji. Maybe that trip to Geneva wasn’t such a good idea after all…