ACTU urges Fijian authorities to cease harassment and detention

FICTU general secretary Attar Singh and police officers at the FTUC premises in Suva. Picture: AQELA SUSU

THE Australian Council of Trade Unions has called on the Fijian authorities to cease the harassment and detention of union leaders.

In a statement yesterday, ACTU President Michele O’Neil condemned the detention of trade unionists by Police, saying that the recent arrest of Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony was a “bare-faced attack on the rights of working people”.

“The ACTU utterly condemns the arbitrary detention of working people’s representatives in our Pacific neighbour Fiji,” Ms O’Neil said.

Two trade unionists were een questioned and released while two remain in custody.

The two in custody are Mr Anthony and Fijian Teachers Association general secretary Paula Manumanunitoga.

Police had earlier confirmed that Mr Anthony was arrested and detained for an alleged breach of the Public Order Act, while the other three were questioned for an alleged breach of the law.

They, however, did not disclose the part of the law they were alleged to have breached.

More reports are published in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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