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Know your rights, says unionist

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, February 17, 2014

TRADE unionist Felix Anthony has encouraged young workers to know their rights.

While opening a workshop for youths organised by the Fiji Trades Union Congress in Nadi, Mr Anthony said raising awareness of workers rights was a vital role of trade unionists.

He said the FTUC would organise seminars to speak to workers' about their rights as employees.

"This workshop is the first of a series of workshops that focuses on organising workers, young workers especially, on their rights, it focuses also on democracy and human rights.

"The purpose of this is basically about the rights of workers and raising awareness of these human rights.

"These human rights do not exist in a vacuum ... they can only exist in a democracy."

Mr Anthony claimed workers in Fiji today continue to face immense pressure.

"We believe this is a time of reflection for workers and for them to be able to see that their human rights are recognised."

Mr Anthony said the workshop in Nadi was designed to raise awareness of this important issue.

"And also the fact that the trade union is under immense pressure, so we need to continue our education programs.

"To encourage workers to know their rights and to know that workers and trade unions have had their rights restricted."

He said the role of a trade unionist was also vital in raising the plight of a worker.

"We cannot avoid but discuss these issues. We will not shut up and not discuss these issues.

If we do that then we might as well pack up and go home."

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