The National Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Mr. Felix Anthony was elected President of the world regional trade union organisation, the International Trade Union Confederation Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP). The ITUC-AP, headquartered in Singapore, is the largest of the 4 Regional Organizations of the International Trade Union Confederation which is based in Brussels. These four regional organizations of the ITUC are ITUC AP (Asia Pacific), ITUC AF (African), the ETUC (European Unions) and the American Regional Organization TUCA.
The ITUC-AP covers a vast area including the middle-east countries, the entire Asian countries and the Pacific. It has a membership of more than 23 million workers from 60 countries in the region. Mr. Anthony was elected at the Regional Conference held in Kochi, India from 1st August to 3rd August. The Conference was attended by almost all affiliates from the Region and elections were held by secret ballot. He is the first Fijian Trade Union leader to be elected to this most senior position in the Region. The election of Mr. Anthony is significant and recognition for the work that he has undertaken as National Secretary of FTUC and as member of the ITUC-AP Executive Board. This is indeed a proud moment for the Trade Union movement in Fiji and the Pacific.
The ITUC –AP is an independent and democratic workers organization to which national Trade Union Organisations of Unions are affiliated and is governed by the a Regional General Council and the Executive Bureau.
This historical achievement at the Regional Conference of the Asia Pacific Trade Unions is a huge milestone for workers of the Asia Pacific region and specifically Fiji and the FTUC. Mr. Anthony’s many distinguished achievements in the struggle for workers’ rights in Fiji and the Asia Pacific also includes his membership of the ILO Governing Body. The term of office for the President of the Asia Pacific Regional Organisation of unions is of four years.