12 Dec 2011

Trade union leaders to go ahead with Fiji visit despite deportation warnings

11:51 am on 12 December 2011

Australian and New Zealand trade union leaders are going ahead with their trip to Fiji this week despite a warning from Fiji's interim regime they will be refused entry.

Representatives from the two countries' Council of Trade Unions were due to meet workers, employers and union representatives over restrictions on union activity.

Hellen Kelly of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions says the delegation plans to leave tomorrow morning despite what she calls vigorous communication with Fiji's interim Attorney-General.

"At no point has he actually informed us that we are not able to come in. In fact the reason we're going is because the Fiji government challenged us to see for ourselves. We've taken up that challenge and to date we haven't heard any official advice that we aren't welcome."

Ms Kelly says if the regime has nothing to hide they should let the group in.

A spokesperson for the interim regime says the delegation will be refused entry because it is not coming with an open mind.