Fiji : FTUC readies news campaign to rebuild the union movement
campaign to rebuild the trade union movement.
General secretary Felix Anthony said it was important that workers were made aware of the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016 and how the recent changes affected them.
"An organising campaign will be in place soon," he said.
"We have also urged our affiliates to enter into collective agreements.
"We are interested in seeing that the agreement that we have signed on freedom of association and collective bargaining is practised."
Mr Anthony cited a recent incident in Nadi where a worker was suspended for handing out forms to his fellow workers to join a trade union as Fiji's first test of freedom of association under the recently amended laws.
"The FTUC will document every such case with details and will assist any affiliate in such matters to ensure respect and compliance with the laws.
"Employers who behave in such manner will be exposed and we will seek and insist on prosecution."
Meanwhile, the company concerned, Tolls Construction Fiji Ltd, insisted that the worker, Manueli Yawayawa, had breached company policy by not informing management of his intention to form a trade union.
Manager Luke Mataika said Mr Yawayawa had also interfered with work being carried out on the Vunabaka project on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Group.
Mr Mataika said Mr Yawayawa was asked to leave the island because of those reasons.