EVERY worker has the right to join a trade union, participate in its activities and programs and to go on strike.
This is enshrined in the 2013 Constitution that also states that every person has the right to fair employment practices, including humane treatment and proper working conditions.
It states that every employer has the right to form and join an employer's organisation and to participate in its activities and programs.
The 2013 Constitution also states that trade unions and employers have the right to bargain collectively.
However, the new Constitution states that a law may limit, or may authorise the limitation of the rights, if it is in the interest of national security, public safety, public order, public mortality, public health or the orderly conduct of elections.
"For the purpose of protecting the rights and freedoms of others, for the purpose of imposing restrictions on the holders of public offices, for the purposes of regulating trade unions, or any federation, congress, council or affiliation of trade unions, or any federation, congress, council or affiliation of employers," the 2013 Constitution states.
Also, a law may limit or authorise the limitation for the purpose of regulating collective bargaining processes, providing mechanisms for the resolution of employment disputes and grievances, and regulating strikes and lockouts or for the purpose of regulating essential services and industries, in the overall interest of the Fijian economy and the citizens of Fiji.