Union colleagues in Fiji weather horrific destruction

Posted By TEU on Feb 25, 2016 |

Several TEU branches are making donations to support colleagues and other Fijian people recovering in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

All three of Fiji’s universities are closed as their staff and students deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

Fijian media are reporting that the University of the South Pacific, the University of Fiji and the Fiji National University are shut until further notice, with many schools across the country closed for at least the next week.

The University of the South Pacific’s Laucala campus is particularly damaged, as are the Fiji National University’s campuses in Ba and Raiwai.

Dozens of people are dead, and many are without houses, power and water. The category five storm is thought to be the biggest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere and has left a trail of destruction in its wake as it swept over Fiji.

TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs says several branches have made donations to the Red Cross and Unicef, as well as to UnionAID which is not part of the disaster relief effort but is supporting the long-term development of decent incomes and conditions for garment workers in Fiji.

Riggs says TEU has not yet heard from union colleagues at the Fiji-based Council of Pacific Education (COPE), or the local tertiary education unions in Fiji.

“We are hoping they are well and rebuilding quickly in the wake of the destruction.”

Thanks to Nick Hobgood at Flickr for the photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/globalvoyager/24545142004/

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