Fiji vows no stand change on 2014 elections following Australian unions' sanctions threat

09:33, July 21, 2011      

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The Fijian government vowed on Wednesday that it would not change its stand on 2014 elections following a threat or imposition of sanctions by Australian trade unions.

Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was quoted by local media as saying he believes that the planned sanctions are part of the political agenda of some to try to push his government, and Fiji's elections will not be held earlier than 2014.

Australian and New Zealand unions should know that workers rights are not being violated and the fact remained that only 30 percent of the working population in the country is unionized, he said.

Bainimarama also questioned whether Fijian trade unionists like Felix Anthony, Daniel Urai and Rajeshwar Singh who have been in Australia and New Zealand drumming up support for action against Fiji's tourism-related companies Qantas and Air Pacific, consulted with their members before asking for the sanctions.

It was reported that Urai, one of the three unionists is returning Fiji in the next day or two. He is expected to be accompanied by an Australian delegate with sources saying the Australian Transport Workers Union (ATWU) would boycott tourism and flights to Fiji as it is prepared for both to be detained, triggering strike action.

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