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International Labour Organisation invited to Fiji and then expelled without reason……..

Fiji expels UN labour delegation

Updated 19 September 2012, 13:59 AEST

Fiji has expelled a delegation from the International Labour Organisation, but the Government is yet to say why.

An agency of the United Nations, the ILO is responsible for overseeing international labour standards.

The group arrived in Fiji on Sunday, at the invitation of the interim military government, to investigate claims by local trade unions that workers’ rights were not being respected.

However, Felix Anthony, the General-Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, told Pacific Beat the delegation’s meeting with the Labour Minister on Monday had been cut short.

On Wednesday, he confirmed news that the group was being expelled.

“I’m told that around 11am (local time) the Prime Minister’s office wrote to the head of the mission and advised the mission that it ought to leave Fiji as soon as possible,” said Mr Anthony.

He believes this could bring “further disrepute” to Fiji.

“There cannot be any valid reason for the expulsion, more particularly after they were invited to Fiji. And Fiji, being a member of the International Labour Organisation, ought to have respected the delegation’s visit and participated.”

Fiji’s interim Government has so far not given a reason for the expulsion.

‘Not the first time’

“This is not the first time the regime has behaved in this manner,” said Mr Anthony, from the Fiji Trades Union Congress.

He compared this to events of last December, when members of Australian and New Zealand trade unions were not allowed in to Fiji.

That group had also wanted to investigate alleged abuse of workers’ rights in Fiji.

However, they were turned back from Nadi airport, after the government accused them of bias

9 thoughts on “International Labour Organisation invited to Fiji and then expelled without reason……..

  1. Democracy according to the Big Pig system that is envisaged as the panacea to Fiji’s economic. political and racial problems.

    duhhhh

  2. EU has to send all Fiji solders back to Khaiyum’s home. They have to put immediate stop on buying Fiji Sugar, terminate all grant, withdraw diplomatic reps from fiji, put sanction on visitor arrival and so on. The culprit behind all this is Khaiyum. He has got a very nice rubber stamp called Voreqe Bainimarama. International Community please wake up and read Sir J.W.Marshell’s petition to Bainimarama on corruption.

  3. Another own goal by khaiyum’s junta and his military lackeys? When is the UN going to wake up and stop emplying military thugs from a dictatorship? Perhaps the UN itself needs new leadership?

  4. i do not believe this story, may be another lie by Felix Anthony

    what were the United Nation [LABOR] delegation doing on Monday 17th September, whole day who were they meeting. what and who were they meeting on Tuesday 18th September and then lastly on the today Wednesday 19th at 11 am they got expel. may be they finished there meeting and they have left , was there any comment from the delegation or the United NATION Commissioner at Kadavu House in Suva.

    is Felix telling the truth on another con made by Felix like his story on bainimarama and his body guards buturaki him in saru back road lautoka. then no medical certificate, no police report, then , later on he said he is not complaining about bainimarama but another solider by the name Rokoua and teh rest of the body guards. then bainimarama said on Radio Tarana , Felix has withdraw his complaint from the police in lautoka .

    Felix is a lost cause, kicked out Fiji Labor Party , along with the President Daniel Urai.

    this same felix was in bed with government raking in F$250,000 SALARY , as board member to FNPF, ATH, TELECOM Fiji, FINTEL , NATADOLA PROJECT,etc.

    very hard to believe this guy. sorry felix you look like a looser .

  5. The Australians had long ago decided that they were not going to invade Fiji. Their cold war consisted on sanctions on office holders and a propaganda campaign that was failing.

    It was failing because Fiji (and the South Pacific) were increasingly receiving assistance from China.

    It was also failing because the Australians could not see that the 2006 action had been against an ethnic cleansing racist corrupt and extractive regime which was no longer even “democratic”. It printed excess ballot papers.

    Its elections were corrupt.

    If Australia was not quite “a paper tiger”, its influence in the South Pacific was in decline.

    At the same time everyone in Fiji, not living in the villages, not in the Council of Chiefs and not in the Methodist clergy, after two years of inclusive rule under the rule of law, preferred the change that you and the Military Council had wrought in the years 2007 and 2008.

  6. Lets’ see the robust defense of this entirely characteristic behaviour by Crosbie Walsh and his pro military regime supprters. So nothing that really matters, has really changed with this junta has it ….

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