July 13, 2011

Unions set to make moves on Fiji situation

Trade Unionist and former military regime supporter, Felix Anthony, after enduring first-hand human rights abuses from the illegal and treasonous military regime is not letting any grass grow under his feet and is working with regional and global union partners to get unions to support and protect labour rights and fundamental human rights of people in Fiji.
Fiji and Australian unionists tight-lipped on plans
Updated July 12, 2011 16:39:37

Australia's peak trade union body is remaining tight-lipped about what actions it might take in support of unions in Fiji.

The National Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Felix Anthony, is in Melbourne, where he will address the Australian Council of Trade Unions executive tomorrow, [Wednesday] asking them for help.

Melbourne is the last stop in his international effort to get support from overseas unions, which has seen him go to Brussels, Geneva and Wellington.

Mr Anthony says draconian new decrees prepared by the coup installed interim government will make it extremely difficult for unions to function in Fiji.

ACTU President Ged Kearney won't be drawn on what specific action Australian unionists might take, but says organising demonstrations outside embassies is possible.

Felix Anthony says his appeal for international union help has been successful, but he isn't giving away any details of what might be planned.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speakers: Ged Kearney, ACTU President; Felix Anthony, National Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress
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