Fiji: Government Steps Up Anti-union Repression

The ITUC has called on the Fiji government to cease their harassment of Fiji Trade Union Congress General Secretary Felix Anthony. In repeated interrogations police have accused him of ’sabotaging the economy’, a criminal offence, after he addressed a rally in support of Air Terminal Services employees who had been locked out by their employer for over a month.

’The real economic damage has been done by an incompetent management, by locking out the workforce. It is absolutely unacceptable that the authorities threaten criminal action against a union leader simply because he mentioned the possibility of strike action if this employer failed to abide by the terms of a court decision ordering the reinstatement of the workers," said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.