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Party to champion workers' rights in parliament

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TRADE unions frustrated with issues concerning workers rights formed the People's Democratic Party, says leader Felix Anthony.

"Let me make this clear. The PDP was formed by the Fiji Trades Union's Congress in response to the denial of workers' rights in Fiji and the denial of fundamental human rights by this government," he said.

"The PDP was formed to reclaim these rights."

Mr Anthony reiterated that his decision to step down as the general secretary, a position he held for 15 years, and enter politics was not easy but was done to ensure the fight for workers' rights were taken to the highest platform.

"I have in the circumstances, committed myself to continue the fight for human and trade union rights from outside the trade union movement.

"No decree can take these values and principles out of us or the workers and citizens of Fiji."

Mr Anthony added the PDP was not just democratic by name but also by nature.

"Unlike other political parties, we held a ballot and elected our leaders. They were not appointed to the position."

The International Trades Union Congress Global Rights Index has placed Fiji among 24 countries with the second worst rating alongside Bangladesh, China, Egypt and India.


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