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Fiji Trade Union To Form Party Separate From Labour
Trade leader says Labour has betrayed ‘foundation values’

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 27, 2012) – One of Fiji's two peak union bodies has announced it will form its own breakaway political party to stand at the 2014 elections.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) has had an increasingly tense relationship with the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) in recent years and FTUC President, Daniel Urai, confirmed to Pacific Beat on Tuesday that the new party will be formed.

Mr. Urai says the Fiji Labour Party has betrayed its foundation values.

"[Fiji Labour Party] has seemed more like only looking after one ethnic group and just one group of farming community," Mr. Urai said.

The Fiji Labour Party was formed by the Fiji Trade Union Congress in 1985, but Mr. Urai says FLP leaders have lately announced that there is no link between the two organizations.

Mr. Urai denies he is giving Fiji's coup-installed military government legitimacy by forming a party to stand at the 2014 elections.

He says he and his supporters are "between the devil and the deep blue sea."

"You don't partake, things still move on," he said. "If we partake, then we may be able to have some say in the formation of the next government."

Mr. Urai says the name and office holders of the party will be announced in around two weeks time. He says the party will be based on a multi-racial structure.

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