FRA grants permit for road closure

Fiji Trades Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony. Picture: FILE

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has granted an approval permit to the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) for temporary road closure for a proposed march through Suva City on August 10.

FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony confirmed this last night saying the union was still awaiting approval from the Suva City Council for the use of Ratu Sukuna Park and police on the approval for permit to march on the proposed date.

“Normally, the law requires us to make this application within seven days and it’s already seven days.

We cannot understand why it should take so long,” he said.

“We expect that the approvals be given.

“In fact, it’s our constitutional right.

“I am looking forward to a positive outcome because this is our constitutional right.

“After all, it’s going to be a peaceful march,” he added.

In a letter addressed to FTUC, dated July 8, 2019 and signed by FRA’s general manager Central Aram Goes said the closure of half of the road on the proposed date between 10.30am and 12pm was approved.

He confirmed the route of the event would start from Rodwell Rd (Suva Flea Market), taking the route along Scott St, Thomson Rd, Victoria Pde, before ending at Ratu Sukuna Park.

Mr Goes also said the closure was temporary and should FRA wish to cancel the march, they could do so at any time.

Some of the conditions of the approval is that about 5000 participants should be part of the event, approvals to be sought from all relevant authorities among others.

Meanwhile, the march, if approved, would enable FTUC to advocate and campaign on six issues of interest.

These includes issues such as the national minimum wage, right to strike, labour law reforms, imposition of individual contracts, Federated Airlines Staff Association (FASA) issues and the Vatukoula strike.

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