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Supporting fiji workers since 1944

History

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

FELIX ANTHONY

General Secretary – NATIONAL UNION OF WORKERS

Since 1990

National Secretary – FIJI TRADES UNION CONGRESS

Since 1999

President – International Trade Union Federation – Asia Pacific

Since 2015

Jolame Seduadua 

National President

Peni Vakau

National Treasurer

Mariappa

National Vice President

Bal Krishna

Labasa Branch

Pravin Kumar

Ba Branch

Dharmend

Tavua Branch

Nitesh

APCO

Member companies

COMPANY SECTOR location
FIJI SUGAR CORPORATION LTD MANUFACTURING WESTERN & NORTHERN
KAIMING AGRO MANUFACTURING LAUTOKA
NATURAL WATERS OF VITI LTD MANUFACTURING TAVUA
PAFCO MANUFACTURING LAUTOKA
DANAM FIJI LTD GARMENT INDUSTRY LAUTOKA
LYNDHURST LTD GARMENT INDUSTRY  LAUTOKA
BEEKAYS SECURITY SECURITY SUVA
GRID SECURITY SECURITY LAUTOKA
MATRIX SECURITY SECURITY SUVA
FIJI FOREST INDUSTRIES / FIJI PINE SAWMILL LABASA
TROPIKWOODS SAWMILL LAUTOKA
TOUCHWOOD SAWMILL NAVUA
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
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11September,2020

“One thing that COVID-19 has exposed is that there is no social security protection scheme for young workers”-FTUC Youth Chair Ms Mererai Vatege

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FTUC Youth Chairperson’s Reflective Note on the Pacific Launch of the ILO-ADB report on “Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific". The newly elected FTUC Youth Chair sister Mererai Vatege was invited to be part of the above event. She attended this important event together with the FTUC National Treasurer, Brother Agni Deo Singh and FTUC Executive Officer, Sister Jotika Sharma. FTUC Reps: Sister Mere, Sister [...]

13August,2019

NUW YOUTHS BARREL NIGHT

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The National Union of Workers - Youth Committee will be hosting their first fundraising event ( Barrel Night) in aid of their Organising & Youth Recruitment Drive on the 17th of August 2019. Details are as follows: Date: 17th August, 2019 Time: 5pm till the beer runs out  Venue: NUHCTIE Office, 15 Sharma Street, Narewa, Nadi. The NUW Youth Committee is a newly formed committee. Their main objectives is to [...]

Member Benefits

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

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