19 Jun 2013

Significant ILO meeting expected to keep up pressure on Fiji

3:28 pm on 19 June 2013

The Fiji Trades Union Congress, says the International Labour Organisation's focus on Fiji at top policy level this week will keep up the pressure on the regime's treatment of trade unions.

The ILO's governing body has placed Fiji fourth on its agenda on Friday's session in Geneva with the aim of getting an ILO mission to Fiji by October.

An earlier mission was asked to leave the country but the government says it is still looking forward to receiving the delegation.

It is just the second time Fiji has been discussed at governing body level and the president of the umbrella Fiji body, Daniel Urai, says that is significant for workers in Fiji.

"Talks are going towards that direction. We are hopeful that good sense will prevail and eventually the regime will allow the ILO team to come in and make its visit and a report according to how workers are marginalised in this country."

Daniel Urai, of the Fiji Trades Union Congress