13 Jan 2018

Fiji Opposition get behind ATS workers

11:13 am on 13 January 2018

The leader of the opposition in Fiji, Ro Teimumu Kepa, has expressed her full support for the march planned by workers locked out by Air Terminal Services and the Fiji Trades Union Congress.

The SODELPA party MP said she is inspired by the level of unity, courage and tenacity shown by the employees locked-out since mid December.

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

She said the workers had been struggling for 11 years, but their grievances and concerns had fallen on deaf ears.

Ro Teimumu said prime minster Frank Bainimarama had tried to politicise the issue by calling the opposition's support of the workers electioneering.

But she said Mr Bainimarama had failed to recognise the likelihood of political interference in a state owned company.

Ro Teimumu said the government should also realise its actions could have far reaching international consequences in terms of the safety and security of aircraft and travellers.

The National Federation Party said since workers' rights are human rights, it stands

shoulder to shoulder with them during the march too.

NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad said while regrettably he won't be in Nadi as he is overseas on Parliamentary business, he has urged all NFP members to show solidarity by participating in the march.

Menawhile the leader of the SODELPA Party, Sitiveni Rabuka, is calling for citizens taking part in the march to abide by the law and conduct themselves peacefully.

Mr Rabuka said it is a basic human right to express an opinion which also came with the responsibility of abiding by the law.

He warned any lawlessness could lead to the reimposition of martial law and the deferment of elections.

Nadi International Airport, Fiji

Nadi International Airport, Fiji Photo: RNZI/Sally Round