PRESS RELEASE: FTUC Protest March and Rally
In view of the ongoing harassment against workers, and unionists, and the pending campaign issues that need to have been addressed by government, the FTUC has applied for a permit to organize a march and rally as follows:
Date: 10th August 2019
Place of Assembly: Sukuna Park, Suva
March Route: Suva Flea Market to Sukuna Park
Time: 10.30am to 5.00pm
The campaign issues remain:
- National Minimum Wage
- Right to Strike
- Labour Law Reforms & POA
- Imposition of Individual Contracts
- FASA Issues
- Vatukoula Strike
- Harassment n intimidation of Trade unionist
The government has assured the ILO that trade unions are able to carry out their activities without interference and that these are well enshrined in the Fijian constitution.
The DPC Southern Registry and Fiji Roads Authority have confirmed receipt of our application yesterday 1st July 2019. It is expected to be processed within 5 days by the FRA and 7 days by the Police. A separate application for venue hire has been made to Suva City Council.
We believe that democracy, human rights including freedom of speech, assembly, peaceful dissent and workers’ rights are being threatened and denied. Workers demand these fundamental rights be restored. These are inherent rights and must not be subject to Government approvals or generosity.
We invite all people who believe in these rights to participate. Government has nothing to fear if it genuinely believes it is doing the right thing as it proclaims in international forums.
(by FTUC Executive Officer )