Fiji Police issues permit for FTUC march

By Anish Chand

The Fiji Police Force is allowing a maximum of 3000 people to march on Saturday in a protest rally organised by the Fiji Trades Union Congress. 

The Police permit is allowing banners and placards with messages of “workers rights awareness” to be carried by the protestors.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress is organising the march through Nadi town on Saturday to show support for the 200 plus Air Terminal Services workers who are currently facing an impasse with their employer.

In a message to affiliates, the FTUC secretary general Felix Anthony is urging member unions to organise their transportation and submit the number of people who will join the protest march.

 Affiliates are encouraged to bring their union banners and “to ensure that the placards and posters carry words that are permissible within the permit guideline.”

 According to the Police permit, workers rights awareness banners, placards, emblems and flags can be carried by the union members.

 The permit prohibits the usage of sticks, offensive weapons, crackers, torches or fire sticks.

 The march will begin from the Nadi temple end of the town, will proceed on the main street and end at Sharma Street at the Narewa village.

 The Police has allowed two hours for this march, starting at 10am and ending at 12pm.

 The FTUC is calling on families of union members and well-wishes to join the march.