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Trade unionists reappointment not recognized

November 14, 2014 4:05 am

The Registrar of Trade Union Taito Waqa is not recognizing the reappointment of Daniel Urai and Felix Anthony as executives of the trade unions that they had resigned from.

Waqa, who is also the Permanent Secretary for Labour, says a due diligence of their reappointments is being carried and he will advise the Minister in due course.

Urai and Anthony claim their executives returned them to office without elections being held for the vacant positions in the Fiji Trades Union Congress.
Urai who resigned to contest the General Election is back as FTUC President and General Secretary of the National Union of Hospitality Catering Tourism Industries Employees.

Anthony who also resigned to contest the General Election has returned as General Secretary of both the FTUC and the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union.

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Section 154 of the Electoral Decree specifically mentions the responsibility of the Fijian Elections Office to conduct elections of all; registered trade unions, municipalities and other elections as determined by the Minister by a notice published in the gazette.

Acting FTUC General Secretary Rajeshwar Singh has earlier said he would remain in the post until the biennial conference which elects officer bearers.

The next FTUC biennial conference is scheduled to be held next year.

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