FIJI POLICE ARREST STRIKING UNION TUNA WORKERS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 13) - Fiji police have
arrested and questioned six trade unionists as a strike by more than 600
employees of a state-owned tuna cannery continues into a second week despite
declared illegal.

But a police spokesman, Mesake Koroi, says the unionists, who
included three women executives, were released after questioning.

The Fiji Times reports that the action came after police sent
nine members of the riot squad to Levuka to reinforce their numbers at the
Pacific Fishing Company’s cannery.

Koroi says the reinforcements were sent to ensure that threats
made to destroy company premises and attack officials did not materialise.

Koroi says the results of the police interrogation would be sent
to the director of public prosecutions to see whether charges should be laid.

But the acting general secretary of the Trades Union Congress,
Rajeshwar Singh, has condemned the arrest and the interrogation of the
unionists, saying it is an interference with the rights of the workers.

August 13, 2003

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