4 Aug 2007

CCF says no room in Fiji for race based unions

9:44 am on 4 August 2007

An NGO in Fiji says there is no room for race based unions in modern Fiji.

The membership of two of the unions that have been involved in this week's industrial action, the Fijian Teachers Association and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers is predominantly or entirely made of indigenous Fijians.

Indo-Fijian union organisations have mostly not been involved.

The CCF's spokesperson, Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says the presence of the race based unions is a legacy of colonial times.

"There is no room for race based unions but here we have. We have allowed them to continue, I mean they should be phased out but there is so much vested interest in the divide in this country."