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ACTU urges govt to scrap SPARTECA extension to Fiji
16
Jan '12
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has demanded that the Government terminate the recent renewal of the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Co-operation Agreement (SPARTECA) Textile, Clothing and Footwear Provisions Scheme.

The scheme facilitates duty-free access of some specific textile, apparel and footwear items produced in Forum Island nations, including Fiji, to New Zealand and Australian markets, even if these nations do not satisfy all the requirements of SPARTECA under specific circumstances.

This would especially benefit the Fijian garment industry as Fiji made garments would get access to the Australian market.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said Fiji has replaced the Public Emergency Regulations with new laws and this has turned Fiji into a police state. She said the Government of Australia should scrap the recent SPARTECA extension to increase pressure on the military regime in Suva.

She said the new laws would make it difficult for Fiji trade unions to cooperate with their foreign counterparts.

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