24 Jan 2018

Fiji union leader questioned about 'sabotaging the economy'

8:50 pm on 24 January 2018

Fiji union leader Felix Anthony has been questioned by police about "sabotaging the economy," after a march and rally in support of suspended airport workers.

Felix Anthony

Felix Anthony Photo: RNZ

Mr Anthony said the criminal investigation division in Lautoka spoke with him early today about the march in support of the Air Terminal Services employees ten days ago.

He said the police suggested his remarks about the possibility of a national strike would sabotage the economy.

Mr Anthony said he mentioned the possibility of calling the strike only if ATS management prolonged the industrial action.

"The actions of management, over the 35 days that they had locked out workers, that was sabotaging the economy, that impacted the economy of Fiji" he said.

"And here we have a situation where fingers are being pointed in the wrong direction."

Mr Anthony said the management of ATS should be investigated for their role in the industrial dispute after the Employment Relations Tribunal found they did not follow due process.

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