8 Aug 2002

Fiji Union opposes government attempts on strike legislation

4:11 pm on 8 August 2002

A Fiji union says the cabinet has discussed and approved a proposal to introduce strike busting legislation.

Timoci Naivaluwaqa, the secretary of the National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism employees, says they've been told that the government intends going ahead with legislation that would deregister unions and jail unionists.

Mr Naivaluwaqa says the unions will fight any attempt to introduce this legislation in parliament.

"We'll take it seriously because we believe that it also a violation of the rights of workers to demonstrate the rights to go on strike. The governments concern here is people that are involved in illegal strikes but the laws in this country are such that even if you want to conduct a strike legal it is always declared illegal"