22 Oct 2012

Fiji union wants answers over disrupted meeting

11:16 am on 22 October 2012

The Fiji Trades Union Congress is seeking answers from the police, over why officers broke up a meeting with union members and officials from the Pacific Fishing Company.

The FTUC's National Secretary says the meeting on Friday morning was disrupted after an hour, when police officers marched in and said they were under orders from Suva to stop the discussions

Felix Anthony says they were then informed the meeting could only continue provided the police officers were present during the discussions, a demand that was refused.

Mr Anthony says unions are still faced with authorities disrupting their work, despite assurances from the government that they can work freely.

The FTUC was meeting with PAFCO management to discuss issues faced by workers in the fish canning factory which were brought to light during one of their recent meetings with workers.