Fiji Rugby Campaign
Fair Play for Fiji!
Congress President Eugene McGlone and Felix Anthony, General Secretary of the Fiji Trade Union Congress at the recent ITUC General Council meeting in Amman.The Fiji international rugby union team is on a short tour of England and Ireland this month. Unlike most rugby-playing nations, Fiji is no democracy, as the country is run by a vicious military dictatorship which overthrew the previous elected government in 2006.
On the occasion of Fiji’s games against England at Twickenham (Saturday 10 November), Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium (Tuesday 13 November) and Ireland A at Limerick’s Thomond Park (Saturday 17 November), the trade union movements of Britain, Fiji and Ireland are releasing this statement under the umbrella of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) of which we are all proud members.
Full statement here
The TUC raised awareness outside Twickenham last weekend in advance of the England match against Fiji.
Members of Limerick Trades Council preparing to leaflet in solidarity with Fiji at Thomond Park
We distributed this leaflet on Saturday 17 November outside Thomond Park
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The Fijian regime doesn’t seem to be bothered by what’s happening to the people of Fiji, and it doesn’t seem to care what our Governments say. But bizarrely, they do seem to worry about their public image, and they definitely care about rugby. So we’re using the Fijian rugby tour of England and Ireland as a focal point for protest: the regime’s attention will be focused on the games and on our two countries, and they will take more notice of public concern in those countries now than at almost any other time. See below to email them.
Follow @FTUC1 and use #fairplayfiji on Twitter
Watch Fekix Anthony from FTUC describing abuses of worker's rights in Fiji here;
Press release for leafletting outside Thomond Park here
Letter to Irish Rugby Union Players Association - no reply received yet..
Owen Tudor blog is now up on Stronger Unions
ILO mission to Fiji aborted - here
ITUC protests at Fiji being made Chair of ACP Ministerial Committee - here
ITUC survey on violation of Trade Union rights - here
Human Rights Watch on Fiji - here
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