8 Jun 2005

Fiji unions demand withdrawal of Reconciliation bill

9:46 am on 8 June 2005

Fiji's trade unions have threatened to hold a national protest if the government does not withdraw its Reconciliation and Unity Bill aimed at giving amnesty to coup convicts.

The general secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Felix Anthony, has told Radio Legend they are working with NGO's to coordinate their support.

Mr Anthony says if the unions are party to any action that encourages the overthrow of democratically elected governments in the future, then they themselves will be guilty of a serious crime.

Mr Anthony says the Trade Union Congress will also consult its overseas counterparts on international action against the Bill.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Women's Rights Movement has applied for a police permit to stage a protest march against the Bill next month.

In another development, members of the National Farmers Union have threatened to boycott this year's sugar cane harvest if the Bill goes ahead.