Pacific project to help low wage workers in Fiji
Keen to help our neighbourhood unionists in the Pacific, UnionAID has for some time been on the look out for a suitable project partner in this region. With assistance from Laila Harre, who worked at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the Pacific, the opportunity to partner with the Factory and Commercial Workers Union in Fiji has emerged. This union represents workers in shops, light industry, and garment manufacturing.
This project will pilot the development of training, promotion and organising resources and systems that extend the reach of union engagement to workers outside the reach of collective bargaining under the Employment Relations Promulgation. Links will also be established with a call centre project that the Fiji Trade Union Congress have asked us to fund. This call centre would aim to lift the profile of unions but be available to anyone. Phones would be answered by law student volunteers who may also provide a legal advice centre.