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Fiji and ILO may be on collision course

Fiji and ILO may be on collision course

Updated 20 November 2012, 18:08 AEDT

Fiji's interim government and the International Labour Organisation may once again be on a collision course over a visit to the country by a fact finding mission.

A previous attempt by the UN body to investigate workers rights and freedom of association under the coup installed military government was stymied when the delegation was ordered out of the country.

At the time, the interim government said it would welcome another ILO direct contacts mission back, but only under different terms of reference to do with who the delegation would meet with while it was in Fiji..

An invitation to return in April has been issued, but the ILO's governing body said last week that such a visit would have to take place under the previously agreed terms of reference.

Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony tells Bruce Hill his members want the ILO mission to return to Fiji, but it's unlikely the UN body will accept any restrictions on its activities from the interim government.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony


Bruce Hill

Bruce Hill


Bruce is one of the Pacific’s most experienced journalists with nearly 20 years covering the region and has won several international awards.

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