Trade unionists and strikes
Dan Urai, Lautoka
Nemani Delaibatiki's article (FS/23/9/17) indicates the little he knows about trade unionism and trade unionists in Fiji.
No trade union leader wants to take strike action of any kind. What Mr Delaibatiki should analyse is what led the members to push their leaders to such an action.
His article would be viewed as balanced if he took the time to investigate the difference between a collective agreement and an individual contract. No trade union leader is paid a six figure salary and public sector union leaders don't survive on membership fees alone.
He seems to have a short memory as civil servant union membership fees were unilaterally stopped but trade union leaders in these sectors continued their service to members
In future please take time to interview trade union leaders or members before putting pen to paper.
Editor's Note: Nemani Delaibatiki is one of Fiji's outstanding journalists. He has reported on trade union affairs for decades.