8 Aug 2011

International trade union body plans escalated campaign against Fiji

3:47 pm on 8 August 2011

The world's main international trade organisation says it will escalate its campaign against the Fiji regime following last week's new decree and arrests of union officials.

The International Trade Union Confederation says the regime's engaged in an all out assault on trade unionism which is getting worse by the day.

Sally Round reports.

"The confederation's General Secretary, Sharan Burrow, has called for all charges to be dropped against unionists Daniel Urai and Dinesh Gounder, who've been charged with unlawful assembly. They've been accused of breaching Public Emergency Regulations by holding a union meeting without a permit. Ms Burrow says the Essential National Industries Employment Decree gazetted last week is a near total repudiation of the fundamental trade union rights of the International Labour Organization. Fiji became a member of the ILO in 1974 and has ratified all eight of its main conventions. The confederation plans to escalate its international campaign to condemn the acts of the regime and help restore trade union and democratic freedoms in Fiji."