18 Jul 2011

Fiji unions keen on dialogue as more curbs loom

1:39 pm on 18 July 2011

The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions general secretary says he's keen to keep dialogue going to protect workers' rights, while negotiating for better working conditions and pay.

Fiji unions also are in talks with Australian and New Zealand unions to apply more pressure and to counter alleged human rights abuses in the work place.

Attar Singh says dialogue remains a key option.

"We may be able to accommodate some of the changes, or bring about improvement by other ways. But unfortunately the changes that have been brought about in Fiji have been without any consultation and that really would be the reason why trade unions and workers in Fiji are looking to our friends overseas for guidance and assistance."

Attar Singh says there is also a fear that a decree is being drafted to curb unions in vital industries.