Supporting fiji workers since 1944
Our Union history can be traced back to the earliest days of the trade union movement in Fiji. Formed on April 3rd 1938 in Lautoka as the Mazdur Sangh (Workers Party). Upon registration on 9th December 1944, our name was changed to the Chini Mazdur Sangh (Sugar Workers Union. 1951 saw the arrival of the Minister of State for the Colonies, Mr Dugdale. An invitation was sent out to the representatives of 5 union organizations to meet with Mr Dugdale on August 14th. It was at this meeting that the 5 unions (The Chini Mazdur Sangh, Fijian Mineworkers Union, Fiji Airport Employees Union and the Fiji Public Works Department Employees Union) collectively decided that a national organization of workers be formed. The Fiji Industrial Workers Congress was formed on September 29th 1951 as an umbrella body for the trade union movement. The name of this organization was subsequently changed in 1954 to what we currently know as the Fiji Trades Union Congress. More information on the FTUC can be found at their website here
On March 22nd 1965, the Chini Mazdur Sangh officially changed its name to The Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU). The name of the union was again changed 50 years later on 25th September 2015 into our current name National Union of Workers (NUW). With the change of name in 2015 union membership was diversified to include any worker who did not belong to another union. As a result, over the last five years (2015-2020), workers from 25 companies have been recruited with current membership being over 5000. This was strategic decision taken in light of the fact that the sugar industry was contracting and membership levels was declining. We continue to work with the 3 other unions in the sugar industry with an aim to have just one union within the sugar industry.
Structure within the Union
our executive commitee
General Secretary – NATIONAL UNION OF WORKERS
National Secretary – FIJI TRADES UNION CONGRESS
President – International Trade Union Federation – Asia Pacific
National Vice President
|FIJI SUGAR CORPORATION LTD||MANUFACTURING||WESTERN & NORTHERN|
|NATURAL WATERS OF VITI LTD||MANUFACTURING||TAVUA|
|DANAM FIJI LTD||GARMENT INDUSTRY||LAUTOKA|
|LYNDHURST LTD||GARMENT INDUSTRY||LAUTOKA|
|FIJI FOREST INDUSTRIES / FIJI PINE||SAWMILL||LABASA|
|FULTON HOGAN||ROAD TRANSPORT||SUVA|
|BA TOWN COUNCIL||COUNCIL||BA|
|NADI TOWN COUNCIL||COUNCIL||NADI|
|NASINU TOWN COUNCIL||COUNCIL||NASINU|
|SUVA CITY COUNCIL||COUNCIL||SUVA|
|WATER AUTHORITY OF FIJI||PUBLIC UTILITIES||SUVA|
|VATUKOULA GOLD MINE||MINING||VATUKOULA|
|SUGAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FIJI||RESEARCH||VATUKOULA|
|TOLLS CONSTRUCTION||BUILDING & CIVIL||NADI|
|NADI CONTRACTORS LTD||BUILDING & CIVIL||VATUKOULA|
|FIJIAN TEACHERS ASSOCIATION||OTHERS||SUVA|
|ALL SECURITY COMPANIES||OTHERS||COUNTRYWIDE|
|FIJIAN TEACHERS CREDIT UNION||CREDIT UNION||SUVA|
Youth Committee Update.
National Union of Workers Youth Committee met on Thursday for their first committee meeting for September to finalise committee activities - Talanoa session with young workers at one of our major member companies later this month. (01/09/22)
National Union of Workers Annual Delegates Conference.
THE ANNUAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON THE 27TH OF MAY, 2022 AT THE SEA BREEZE HOTEL, LAUTOKA FIJI.
TIME TO STAND UP!!!!!
Join Workers Gatherings From 10:00am, Saturday, 10th August, 2019
Representation in workplace and industry-wide bargaining with employers
Representation before various industrial tribunals and courts on disputes and other matters relevant to our members workplace issues
Providing information, advice and assistance about our members employment rights and obligations
Lobbying Government and other relevant bodies on behalf of our members in relation to their employment and working circumstances;
Providing members and their families with access to a range of services