FIJI REGIME DENIES PERMIT FOR PENSION CUT PROTEST

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Says unapproved for ‘security reasons’

By Tevita Vuibau SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 18, 2011) - The Commissioner Central's refusal to grant the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions (FICTU) a permit for their protest march and rally against the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) reforms has disappointed officials.

The Commissioner Central's office said the permit was not approved for "security reasons."

General Secretary of FICTU Attar Singh said if given the green light the march would not have been a security threat.

"The Protest March and Rally were intended to highlight our concerns and opposition to the FNPF reforms through the most peaceful means available to us," said Singh.

He said FICTU would now initiate the signing of a petition by FNPF members and pensioners against the reforms.

[PIR editor’s note: Islands Business reports the retirement fund reform will affect 1,209 pensioners who have been paid an excess of $95 million. "These pensioners have collectively saved $129m as opposed to the other 89 percent who saved a total of $162m as of June, 2011."]

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