Hotel Union Elects Liviana Qoro as First Woman President; Renews Leadership
Qoro (left) and Mikaele Mataka (right). Photo Source: Fiji Times 26 August
IUF-affiliated National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism
Industry Employees (NUHCTIE) held its annual general meeting in Suva
on 25 August. For the first time, the union elected a woman as president:
Sister Liviana Qoro. This is believed to be the first time a woman
has led a private sector union in Fiji. Brother Mikaele Mataka was
elected general secretary, replacing Brother Tim Naivaluwaqa, who
tragically passed away in January.
In delivering her acceptance speech, Sister Qoro pledged to continue the
fight for workers' rights, warned employers groups not to underestimate
the new leadership and would work to build improvements in the conditions
of all hotel, restaurant, catering and tourism workers in Fiji.
IUF Asia & Pacific Regional Secretary Ma Wei Pin, who was attending
the AGM, stated, "NUTCHIE members have made an historic decision
by electing Sister Qoro and they are to be warmly congratulated. The new
team of Sister Qoro and Brother Mataka are well placed to build on the
legacy left by Brother Naivaluwaqa, whom we all miss greatly."
In resolution the AGM asked Brother Felix Anthony to continue as the Union's
Executive Secretary, following his caretaker role immediately after the
death of Brother Tim Naivaluwaqa. Brother Anthony is also General Secretary
of the Fiji Trade Union Congress (FTUC).
Farewell to Tim Naivaluwaqa
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