NGOCHR supports FTUC’s call to march

NGO Coalition on Human Rights (NGOCHR) chairperson Nalini Singh. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

THE NGO Coalition for Human Rights (NGOCHR) strongly supports the Fiji Trade Union Congress (FTUC) for their call to march and rally for workers’ rights.

In a statement released today, NGOCHR chairperson Nalini Singh said the continuous rejection of the permit to hold a march for worker’s rights was a violation of freedom of assembly enshrined in Fiji’s Constitution.

“This is an unfortunate reflection of the state of affairs of workers’ rights in Fiji,” Ms Singh said.

“Our Government at 108th International Labour Conference reassured ILO and member states that union members are free to organise and carry out union activities without any interference and harassment from the Fijian Government.

“We reiterate that a country that is not tolerant and receptive to trade union presence is not one that reflects democratic values.

“This action has further created an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.”

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