Not Published by the Fiji Media,So published Here
Regime abandons workers again; Union power is the answer. The poorest of our workers have once again been denied long awaited and well deserved wage increase by an illegitimate regime. This regime has done so the third time in four years, says the outgoing Chairman of the Wages Council, Fr Kevin Barr who has reportedly resigned over the Labour Minister's refusal to adopt the recommendations of the wages councils and for acting unilaterally. The Labour Minister must realize that by bowing to the pressure from the rich and powerful employers he has not only abandoned around 60% of our workers who live below the poverty line, he has also abandoned the core purpose of his ministry of fairness and justice in the workplace. The workers of Fiji have received nothing but third grade treatment from this regime from the day it usurped power in 2006. There is little doubt that this regime it is not only pro rich but blatantly anti poor. It has also attacked unionised workers continuously by issuing several decrees that violate worker and trade union rights on a daily basis. And it continues shamelessly with these anti worker and anti union policies despite international condemnation. Let it be known that no country can progress by treating its workers with such contempt. The time has come for all workers to join trade unions so that we all can together fight for what is ours- a decent wage for a decent life. Let us all unite in the pursuit of fairness and justice for the working families and show that we have the ability to fight and take our fair share. Attar Singh, General Secretary, FICTU.