Rally supports Fijian unionists after crackdown

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Photo: Manrico Moro/Australia Asia Worker Links

Supporters of Fijian workers rallied in Melbourne on September 2 against a recent crackdown by the military regime.

The same day, two Fijian trade unionists, Fiji Trades Union Congress president Daniel Urai and National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism organiser Nitin Gounder, appeared in a Fijian court charged with unlawful assembly because they met with their union members to discuss a collective agreement.

The Fijian trade union movement is under very heavy attack by the Fijian military government. New laws aiming to make it virtually impossible for unions to exist.

The action was part of an international campaign to support Fijian workers.

Suka, from the People’s Democratic Movement in Fiji, said: “Let’s not give in to the regime. Let’s make a stand together in unity.”