“Rather than recognising the gravity of the situation, the response from Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was to ask who the ITF is.
“This very paper (The Fiji Times) ran this as a front-page headline. Let me answer that question very clearly. The ITF is a global union federation of 700 trade unions, representing almost 18 million transport workers in 150 countries.
“Our president Paddy Crumlin is co-chair of the Committee on Workers Capital (CWC), the international body that promotes information sharing and joint action in the field of workers’ capital, the deferred retirement savings of workers.
“When the ITF speaks, we are speaking on behalf of millions of ordinary working men and women in the transport industry – in Fiji and around the world.
“We campaigning passionately to secure rights, equality, and justice for our affiliated unions and their members. That’s who we are.
“And rather than attacking us for daring to hold their government to account, we implore the Bainimarama Government to take urgent action to address the questions that have been raised.”