3 Sep 2011

NZers urged not to holiday in Fiji

9:16 am on 3 September 2011

The organiser of a protest against Fiji's interim government is urging New Zealanders to pressure the regime by refusing to holiday in Fiji.

About 60 people assembled outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington on Friday for the protest, which the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) sponsored after the introduction in Fiji of the Essential National Industries Decree, which restricts union activity, and the banning of the Methodist Church's annual conference.

CTU president Helen Kelly says the protest is intended to let the Fiji government know its actions are being monitored and also to put pressure on New Zealanders who are "continuing to holiday in Fiji and are being served now by hotel workers who have had all their rights removed, being transported there by transport workers who've had all their rights removed".

Ms Kelly says protest action will continue during next week's Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Auckland and during Fiji's Rugby World Cup matches.