Fiji: Military Intimidation and Beatings of Union Officials
2 March 2011: The ITUC and Global Union Federations ITF and IUF have reacted strongly to intimidation and physical attacks against Felix Anthony, General Secretary of the Fiji Trade Union Congress and against other officials from FTUC affiliates.
Anthony is also General Secretary of the Sugar Workers’ Union which is affiliated to the ITF and the IUF. On 12 February, Anthony was taken from his home by 3 uniformed military officers and subjected to threats whilst being driven around the back roads of Lautoka for some 2 hours. His family, including children, were also threatened.
On 18 February, Anthony and other union officials from the sugar industry were called to meet the Fijian Prime Minister at a sugar mill in Ba, on the western side of Fiji. The union representatives were subsequently assaulted by military officers while still at the mill, then taken to Namaka military barracks and subjected to further beatings. As they were released from the barracks, they were again threatened with further violence.
“We have asked the International Labour Organisation to intervene with the Fiji authorities, and will be monitoring the situation very closely. This kind of behaviour from the Fiji regime is totally unacceptable, and is a serious violation of fundamental trade union rights,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.
For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on: +32 2 224 0204 or +32 476 621 018
The ITUC represents 176 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 301 national affiliates.
March 03, 2011
Global Trade Union body hones in on military regime
As we had leaked earlier, the human rights violations dished out to Felix Anthony by the illegal and treasonous military, is now confirmed.
What's worse is that Anthony's plight has now gotten the attention of the global trade union movement, and any repurcussions at that level would be catastrophic for Fiji.