2022 General Election: ‘Right to hold strikes will be respected’

Peoples Alliance Party Deputy Leader Manoa Kamikamica coming out from their head office at Knolly Street in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA

The right to hold strikes and peaceful marches by members of trade unions will be respected by a The People’s Alliance-led government.

Deputy party leader Manoa Kamikamica said this while speaking at a rally with aviation industry workers in Nadi this week.

“The People’s Alliance recognises that strikes continue to be an essential ultimate tool for workers to improve their working conditions,” he said.

“We will promote the freedom of people to freely assemble and respect their right for industrial action.”

He said trade unions would be an essential contributor to workers and employer-related discussions with their government.

“The People’s Alliance believes in the value of true democracy, healthy debates for the achievement for comprehensive sound policies that result from engaging in consultation.

“The national tripartite forums and the national economic summits will be introduced immediately.

“The People’s Alliance recognises the right of workers to establish and join organisations and all unions of their own choosing in full freedom and such freedom must be respected in law.

“The People’s Alliance recognises that social dialogue with stakeholders can reduce wage inequality because of strong unions setting pay standards even for non-union employees to follow.”

He added union cooperation in national discussions must embody the spirit of partnerships that were at the core of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

“No other time in history that this has been more crucial.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic urges us all to work together and accelerate at the national level consultations and active participation with workers organisations.

“We need union organisation in addressing the challenges that we face at the national, regional and global level.”

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