Lies Undermine Country: PM and A-G Respond to Anthony Accusations
The Prime Minister says there are certain individuals that are currently undermining the country however most Fijians are loyal to Fiji’s new vision.
Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made these comments while officially launching the “Fijian Made and Buy Fijian Campaign” last night in Suva.
He said some people are currently overseas trying to do things that would affect the Fijian economy but he said majority of the Fijians do not support this move.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on the Australian and NZ trade unions to speak to the Fijian Government on the realities on the ground rather than listening to some local trade unionists who want to threaten the Fijian tourism industry and the economy.
Meanwhile Commodore Bainimarama has called on everyone to support Fiji made products.
He said the campaign compliments government’s policy of growing the economy, creating new employment and providing incentives to all Fijian producers.
A-G Slams Union 'Lies'
He said the unfortunate thing about this statement was that the Australian union was not aware of the on-the-ground reality in Fij:
This is because, he said, they were being fed lies by people like Felix Anthony, Rajeshwar Singh, Daniel Urai, Parmod Rae and Attar Singh, all political opportunists.
“I urge the unions who are making this threat to fully understand and not just see one side. They need to talk to the Government about what is happening in Fiji,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“If you look at the history of all these unionists, they have all been career trade unionists so their motivation in defending so-called workers rights is very questionable,” he said in Suva last night.
He said for example the decree approved by Cabinet in respect of excluding the application of the Employment Regulations Promulgation to civil servants was primarily to improve efficiency, to stop double dipping.
He said there was no way that civil servants were being exploited.
“The Bainimarama government has in fact said that the conditions of the workers must be improved. At the same time we need to carry out reforms within our economy and various institutions to be able to provide sustainable jobs, to be able to ensure that government owned enterprises become profitable and that we can create more jobs,” Mr Sayed-Khayium said.
Mr Sayed-Khayium said these unionists only want to be in the area lucrative for them such as the civil service, government-owned companies and companies that has the Government as a shareholder.
He said they are absent in the low wage earners such as garment industry, printing, building, mining, security guards industries where the Government has increased workers’ pay in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Australian Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon warned their members would refuse to load or unload planes and won’t refuel planes operated by Qantas, Air Pacific and Jetstar, which are flying to and from Fiji.
He said anyone who is flying to Fiji is propping up the Government through tourism and should cancel their trips and consider their obligations as Pacific residents.
Mr Sheldon said the Australian Transport Workers Union would talk with unions in New Zealand shortly and expects workers in New Zealand will be as outraged as his members.
“The unionists are always being obstructionist and the Bainimarama government has not to date disallowed any collective bargaining, it has not banned trade unions and this government says we must look after our workers,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.
Meanwhile, the Australian union wants Qantas to take a stand on the decree and said the Australian government should also insist on the withdrawal of all recent decrees.
Source writer : Losalini Rasoqosoqo Fiji Sun