September 19, 2012
High-ranking ILO delegation ordered out of Fiji
Updated at 6:13 pm today
Trade unions in Fiji say a high-ranking delegation from the International Labour Organisation has been ordered out of Fiji by the government.
The Fiji Trades Union Congress says the delegation, led by Judge Abdul Koroma of the International Court of Justice, was sent to look at labour laws in Fiji and the decrees that constrain fundamental rights of workers there.
Congress general-secretary Felix Anthonysays Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama indicated the delegation would be welcome.
But Mr Anthony says the delegation's first meeting with the government on Monday was abandoned, and they were told on Wednesday to leave.
The International Labour Organisation's regional office in Suva has confirmed the delegation is leaving early but has not provided any further details.