7 Feb 2014

Fiji union calls for ILO probe

4:48 pm on 7 February 2014

The Fiji Trade Union Council is persisting with calls for a UN Commission of Inquiry into union rights in Fiji, despite charges being dropped against a group of unionists.

International unions started a bid for the International Labour Organisation to investigate after the FTUC's President, Daniel Urai, and five others were arrested following a strike at Nadi's Sheraton hotels on New Year's Eve.

The Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew the charges on Monday, saying no offence was committed.

But the FTUC's general secretary, Felix Anthony, says the Sheraton incident is only a drop in the bucket of the regime's abuse of Fijian workers.

He says the ILO needs to launch an investigation before the elections.

"We don't believe the elections are any excuse for the government not to accept the contacts mission and if anything at all, despite all the assurances that the Fijian regime has given to the ILO that it is committed to abiding by the core conventions of the ILO it has worked to the contrary. "

The FTUC general secretary, Felix Anthony.