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Anthony: Stepping down not an easy decision

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

FELIX Anthony says the decision to step down as a leader in the trade union movement, a position he has held for 15 years, was not easy.

He announced his resignation from the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union and Fiji Trade Unions Congress on Friday and was elected leader of the People's Democratic Party on Saturday in Lautoka.

However, he said, he made the decision with the confidence that it was in the best interest of the Fiji Trade Unions Congress and the People's Democratic Party, a political entity formed by trade unions.

"It is a sacrifice I am making and a risk as well but when you believe in a cause and are committed to a cause, I think at the end of the day it is all worth it," he said.

"At the end of the day, I remain very committed to the workers of this country.

"The decision to form PDP was taken after lengthy discussion debate, consultations and a number of national council meetings of FTUC.

"It did not happen overnight, it was a process that took months and it was after that on January 12 when we had the special delegates conference in Nadi that the FTUC finally decided to form a political party."

Mr Anthony added the driving force behind forming a political party was the dismal state of workers rights in the country.

"The workers of the country needed a political voice and more particularly, in the situation we find ourselves where the trade union movement in this country is not only talking about rights, its talking about survival.

"The ILO has cited Fiji as one of the three worst violators of workers rights in the world, something we should be ashamed of."

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