25 Oct 2011

Fiji's Khaiyum labels Australian union boycott plans absurd

2:30 pm on 25 October 2011

Fiji's interim government has labelled as absurd a proposed campaign by Australian unions against the country's tourism and garment industry.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions is planning to get its two million members to boycott Fiji-made clothes and Fiji holidays before rolling out the campaign to the Australian public.

The campaign is in protest at what the council describes as draconian decrees affecting freedoms and workers' rights in Fiji.

Fiji Live reports the Attorney-General and Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as saying the campaign is an attempt to cripple the economy.

He says it would severely affect the livelihoods of the people it claims to be helping.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the threat to hold the livelihoods of Fijians hostage is precisely the type of activity that the Essential National Industries Decree seeks to curb in the first place.