9 Feb 2010

Fiji Vatakoula strike taken to international organisations

2:37 pm on 9 February 2010

The case of more than 300 mine workers in Fiji who have been striking over poor conditions and human rights issues for almost two decades has been taken to two international bodies.

The Fiji Mineworkers Union has written to the International Labour Organisation and the Human Rights Council about the situation of 375 workers at the Vatukoula Gold Mine who have been on strike for more than 19 years.

The union's president Josefa Sadreu says their communication chronicles the poor labour conditions, substandard housing, and environmental damage at the mine as well as the failure of successive governments to deal with these issues.

"We want this problem to be solved because the children will come up, they will meet the same thing altogether, everyday. Because we are trying our best to solve this problem because of the future of our children."

Josefa Sadreu say they hope that referring the issue to the international organisations will help to stop attempts to evict the striking miners from their homes and picket site.