Fiji’s Police Force today admitted it was miscommunication on their part that saw some of their officers in Levuka stopped a meeting between Fiji Trades Union Congress officials and executives of PAFCO yesterday.
Police chief operations officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu in a statement expressed the authority’s regrets for any inconvenience caused.
"Our officers in Levuka acted on a report lodged in Suva regarding the meeting,” Tudravu said.
"Following consultations with the Commissioner of Police we instructed our officers to allow the meeting to continue as the case had nothing to do with the meeting that was being held".
Tudravu said the meeting continued shortly after.
Police’s statement stem from calls by disappointed FTUC officials seeking an explanation on the legitimacy of the officers’ behavior.
In a statement, FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony said the meeting at the PAFCO Board Room yesterday "began at 10:15 am and at 11:15 am police officers marched in, disrupted the meeting and said they were under orders from Suva to stop the discussions."
“We were then informed that the meeting would only continue provided the Police Officers were present during the discussions between the CEO PAFCO, Human Resource Manager and Line Managers, PAFCO Employees Union Executives and FTUC Executives.
Among those present at the meeting were FTUC president, Daniel Urai, Anthony, PAFCO CEO Bhan Singh, HR Manager Etueni Caucau, and PAFCO Employees Union executives.
Anthony said the FTUC was meeting with PAFCO management to discuss issues faced by workers in the fish canning factory which were brought to light during one of their recent meetings with workers of PAFCO in September this year.
By Lavenia Vuadreu