Tabuya remains upbeat

ADVOCATE for workers’ rights and Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Lynda Tabuya says the refusal of the permit for the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) march in Suva will not discourage them.

FTUC had applied for a permit in February to stage a workers’ march in Suva today.

However, this was refused by police.

In a letter dated April 5, 2018, addressed to FTUC general secretary, police divisional commander Southern Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tevita Waqabaca stated that police had refused an application for a permit to march and rally in Suva by FTUC.

SSP Waqabaca did not give any reasons for why the permit was not granted.

Ms Tabuya said the refusal of the march permit was unacceptable.

“Fiji cannot call itself a true democracy if its citizens are not allowed the right to peaceful protest,” she claimed.

“Democracy cannot thrive in a climate of fear and oppression,” she claimed.

Ms Tabuya has also called on Government to allow citizens the right to peaceful protest.

“We need a platform to voice our concerns about the $4 minimum wage, short-term contracts and the right to unionise.

“We will not allow this setback to discourage us. We will continue to fight the good fight and advocate on behalf of thousands of workers whose livelihoods have been threatened,” she said.

Ms Tabuya added a benefit concert had also been arranged for the Nadi flood victims led by renowned local musician Seru Serevi.