New decree bans Fiji workers’ basic rights to collective bargaining and representation

Author: Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Published on: 6 November 2011

The rights of Fijian workers have deteriorated further following the start of a draconian decree that effectively bans collective bargaining. ACTU President Ged Kearney said...“Australian unions are increasingly concerned at what appears to be a systematic campaign of persecution by the Fijian Government of workers and their representatives.” The decree’s implementation comes immediately after Fijian Trades Union Congress President Daniel Urai was charged with sedition and accused of political violence, and follows the arrest of FTUC Secretary Felix Anthony..."...Ms Kearney called on Australian companies operating in Fiji, including ANZ and Westpac banks, to publicly denounce the Government’s decree and commit to workplace rights consistent with International Labour Organisation obligations. “Australian companies cannot wash their hands of the repression, while continuing to profit from the labour of Fijians,” Ms Kearney said.

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Related companies: ANZ Bank Westpac