|Police sent to monitor FTUC meeting with PAFCO. pic fiji times|
Police yesterday broke up a meeting between the Fiji Trades Union Congress and executives of Pacific Fishing Company in Suva.
FTUC says police officers marched into the board room an hour after the meeting got underway.
It says police told the meeting they 'were under orders from Suva to stop the discussions.'
FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony says the police were uncompromising.
"We were then informed that the meeting would only continue provided the police officers were present during the discussions between the CEO PAFCO, Human Resource Manager and Line Managers, PAFCO Employees Union Executives and FTUC Executives. The FTUC refused such an unreasonable demand."
Anthony says despite reassurances from the regime that unions are able to do their work without interference, 'we are still faced with authorities disrupting trade union work concerning basic human rights including workers’ rights.'