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United Nations Commission of Inquiry into labour rights in Fiji?

NZCTU supports bid for UN inquiry into Fiji labour rights

Updated at  1:59 pm today

New Zealand’s Council of Trade Unions says it’s supporting a bid by the International Trade Union Confederation for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into labour rights in Fiji.

The CTU secretary, Peter Conway, says the recent arrest of union leader Daniel Urai and five others following a strike at Nadi’s Sheraton hotels is symptomatic of a government crackdown on union rights in the country.

Mr Conway says he hopes the New Zealand government will also get involved in taking the matter, and other alleged cases of government intimidation, to the International Labour Organisation.

“We had a situation where the International Labour Organisation went in on a mission in 2012 and they were evicted by the government before they could carry out any work. So it has to go up to another level which is why we’re supporting a formal commission of inquiry into labour rights issues in Fiji and we hope the New Zealand government will be supporting that bid.”

Peter Conway says the CTU is hoping to meet the New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, soon.

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6 thoughts on “United Nations Commission of Inquiry into labour rights in Fiji?

  1. NZ trade union people say one thing about the Fiji regime and its abusive human rights record
    and the NZ foreign minister coolie fala says something else.
    and NZ, Australia, the UN all bending over backwards to appease the fijian dictatorship
    me thinks the people of Fiji are past the point of expecting anything from any UN body or anybody!

  2. Good worl NZ Trade Union Congress.

    We the oppressed Fijians congratulate you and thank you most sincerely for you fight..

    Vinaka

  3. It does not surprise me that Fijians expect the unionists in NZ to fight their fight. The mendicant mentality in Fiji is mind boggling. Not only expects everyone to get handouts and free lunches, these lamusona even beg for people fighting their fights.

  4. The CTU secretary Peter Conway says he hopes the NZ government will also get involved in taking the matter of the arrest of union leaders, and other alleged cases of government intimidation to the ILO.
    Nothing will happen with a spineless NZ foreign minister like Murray Cully.
    Conway’s hope is misplaced.

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