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  • Title
    Fiji Trades Union Congress - Fiji Trades Union Congress Archives, 1959-1995
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PMB 1085
  • Level of description
  • Date

    Canberra : Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, [199-]
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Microfilm : PMB 1085
  • Physical Description
    6 microfilm reels 35 mm

    This peak council of trade unions in Fiji was formed on on 29 Sept. 1951 as the Fiji Industrial Workers' Congress. The present name was adopted in Oct. 1966. The Congress has had a relatively stable administration: the honary Secretaries were Tomasi Vunisina, 1951-57, Mohammed Ramzan, 1960-72, followed by James Raman as National Secretary, with one short break, until the Biennial Conference in May 1994. The Congress was based at Nadi and Lautoka until 1962 when it shifted to Suva. Following a wage freeze in Nov. 1984, the FTUC withdrew from Tripatite Forum (of government, employer and union representatives, established in 1977 to consider economic policy issues) and launched the Fiji Labour Party to challenge government policies. The Public Service Assoc. President, Timoci Bavadra, became the Party's President. In late 1986 the Labour Party formed a coalition with the National Federation Party which defeated the Alliance Party in the elections of April 1987 thus precipitating the military coups of May and Nov. 1987 during which the FTUC offices were firebombed and its executive imprisoned
  • Scope and Content
    FTUC Delegates Conference papers, 1962-1994; Executive Committee minutes and related papers, 1966, 1971-1991; Management Board minutes and related papers, 1974-1991; Special Constitutional Conference, 1986; Conference for a Nuclear Free Pacific, 1975; Womens Wing Executive Committee minutes, 1983-88, 1992-94; circulars to affiliates, 1959-1978; press releases, 1974-1996; selected FTUC general and affiliate files (the international files of the Congress have not been filmed at this stage); FTUC official directory, 1979-1991; and other documents. See reel list for details
  • General note

    PMB (Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts Bureau) ; 1085
    Available for reference
    Originals held by Fiji Trades Union Congress, 32 Des Voeux Rd, PO Box 1418, Suva Fiji
    List available
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