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Fiji's trade unions are bearing the brunt of repression and harassment from the military dictatorship that has run Fiji since 2006. The TUC is taking part in a global union solidarity campaign and want you to help.

 

Taking action has worked!

The news that the leaders of the Fijian trade union movement are out of jail is a testament to the power of union campaigning and the value of LabourStart.

"Within 24 hours of the launch of LabourStart's online campaign demanding the release of the two Fijian trade union leaders, both have been let out of jail.  Their release followed the sending of nearly 4,000 messages to Fijian embassies around the world.  Within the first few hours, we had managed to crash the embassy email servers in France and New Zealand and were no doubt overwhelming them elsewhere..." Eric Lee, LabourStart Read more

Although the immediate threat has passed we still need to remain vigilant as there is still a lot more to do about workers' rights and democracy in Fiji.

Further information

See the TUC background note on Fiji - with links to International Trade Union Confederation and Amnesty International reports


The TUC has asked the UK Mission to the UNHRC in Geneva to raise persistent violations of human and trade union rights in Fiji in the forthcoming Universal Periodic Review.
21 October 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has sent the following letter in solidarity with the Fiji Sugar Workers' and General Union (FSWGU) who have successfully balloted for strike action in their pay dispute.
30 July 2013
Unions from Australia, New Zealand and the UK have today written to their Foreign Ministers urging them not to be taken in by the Fijian military dictatorship over its claims to be restoring democracy. And the Foreign Ministers have been urged to set a deadline for Fiji's military leaders to...
03 May 2013
The leaders of the Australian, British, New Zealand and US trade union movements have written to the foreign ministers of their governments about democracy in Fiji. Frances O'Grady has joined ACTU President Ged Kearney, NZCTU Secretary Peter Conway and AFLCIO President Rich Trumka in calling for action.
26 February 2013
The TUC has today (Monday) condemned plans by the London-based International Sugar Organisation (ISO) to make the military dictator of Pacific micro-state Fiji its chair this week, despite his government breaking the ISO's own rules.
26 November 2012
Thousands of rugby fans heading to Twickenham later today (Saturday) for the friendly against Fiji are being urged to support the TUC campaign to win greater freedom for the Pacific islands' people.
10 November 2012
A joint statement by unions in England, Fiji and Ireland. The Fiji international rugby union team is on a short tour of England and Ireland this month. Unlike most rugby-playing nations, Fiji is no democracy, as the country is run by a vicious military dictatorship which overthrew the previous elected...
08 November 2012
Fairtrade International and the ITUC, IUF and TUC have adopted a statement on workers' rights in Fiji. This version includes the expulsion of an ILO mission.
29 September 2012
The TUC has called on the European Union (EU) to continue imposing sanctions on Fiji after an International Labour Organisation (ILO) delegation was expelled for looking into possible human and labour rights abuses.
20 September 2012
The TUC, in a letter to the Fijian High Commissioner in London, has strongly condemned the Military Regime in Fiji for refusing entry for an international trade union delegation including the Presidents of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.
14 December 2011

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