WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, July 30) - Fiji’s labor minister, Kenneth Kinck, has warned Australian trade unions not to interfere in the affairs of the government.

Radio Fiji said Zinck issued the warning after an official of the Australian Transport Workers Union, Tony Sheldon, said his union is monitoring political developments in Fiji and trade sanctions may depend on how the government deals with the multi-party cabinet issue.

Zinck said Tony Sheldon should go back home and let those in Fiji run the country the way the Supreme Court has ruled. "He has no business whatsoever to come here to this country and tell us what to do. And to introduce trade bans from Australia is illegal in itself," Zinck said. "I think he has a cheek - him and his Transport Workers Union - to come here to a sovereign state and tell us to follow the law."

Zinck says he is surprised that the Australian Transport Workers Union is singing the tune of the Fiji Labour Party when they are still negotiating with the Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

July 30, 2003Radio New Zealand International:


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