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Amnesty keeps watch on ATS impasse

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

INTERNATIONAL human rights body Amnesty International (AI) says the plight of Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Ltd (ATS) workers must be heard.

AI Pacific researcher Kate Schuetze said Fijian authorities must not hinder or obstruct workers, human rights organisations and others from participating in peaceful protests for fair and just working conditions.

"Fiji ATS airport workers have the right to freedom of expression as enshrined in Fiji's Constitution," Ms Schuetze said.

She said the constitutional rights extended to their right to strike and peacefully protest to demand fair wages or improved working conditions without fear of reprisals. Ms Schuetze claimed AI was told of alleged police searches on buses and cars travelling to Nadi for the march last Saturday. She said such an act by the police was an arbitrary and disproportionate restriction on freedom of movement.

Ms Schuetze said they were closely following the developments surrounding the dispute.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said police would not make any comments on the issue.

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