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Teachers join the march

Shayal Devi
Sunday, January 14, 2018

TEACHERS were among the civil servants who joined yesterday's solidarity march in Nadi in support of the Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers.

Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) general secretary Agni Deo Singh said he was pleased to see teachers at the march despite calls by Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for teachers not to attend.

"He was trying to dissuade teachers from attending this saying we have given you a good increase in salary and think twice before you attend this," he said.

"So when the minister for education makes that kind of a remark, there is a hidden threat in it and that threat is unwarranted and unbecoming of the minister and this is a dirty tactic."

"There are a good number of teachers here today (yesterday) and as we expected, they came. FTU has 5000 members and we are in strong solidarity."

Mr Singh said it was heartening to see the large turnout and there were plans to hold a similar march in Suva next month.

"I am fully confident that the numbers will swell in the next gathering as this is the beginning. After almost a decade, we have something like this because workers in this country never get the opportunity to participate. People can now see that they can exercise their rights and they are getting their confidence."

Attempts to get comment from the Education Minister before this edition went to press last night were unsuccessful.

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