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Friday, May 27, 2011

Fiji regime accuse Australia of political bias in latest advisory uprade



Australia strikes back!

The illegal attorney general has taken exception to Australia's latest travel advisory upgrade claiming it reflects the country's political feelings towards Suva rather than the realities on the ground.

The advisory was recently upgraded from “exercise caution” to “high degree of caution." 

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation the upgrade is inappropriate and misleading. 

And he claims it's biased. 

He says the advisory says there have been reports of increases in violent crime and expatriates and tourists have been targeted, particularly in Suva, and that there have been cases of sexual assault.
Khaiyum says the advice is false and does not portray the real situation in Fiji. 

He says the advisory "has a political spill on it so it would appear that the Australian travel advice has more to do with the political policies towards Fiji as opposed to being a site purely for travel advice which captures the ground realities in Fiji."

Most of Fiji's tourists come from Australia and numbers have climbed since 2009. 

ACTU - at last
If the regime is irked by the advisory, it's in for a blast from the Australian unions who've released its first statement since the coup of December 2006.  

In what is a hugely encouraging sign the unions are waking up to the atrocities in Fiji, with the ACTU intending to rattle the cage of the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, about a new decree the regime intends to use to wipe out unions and organisers.
Coupfourpointfive revealed earlier this month the regime's plans to nullify the trade union movement via the draconian Critical Industries Employment Decree.
Here's the full statement by the ACTU headed: Australian unions condemn latest attack on Fijian workers’ rights by military dictatorship 

Australian unions are gravely concerned about reports of a fresh round of attacks on the rights of workers in Fiji, including new restrictions on freedom of association and  collective bargaining.

The ACTU has today written to Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to express alarm that a new decree from Fiji’s illegal and unelected military regime effectively outlaws unions and neuters any effective representation of Fijian workers.

“We have deep concerns about this decree which also takes away rights and protections negotiated through collective bargaining,” said ACTU President Ged Kearney.

She said Australian unions were still attempting to verify the reports,and if they were correct, would be registering their protest in the strongest possible terms.

“At a time when workers and unions are leading democratic uprisings against totalitarian governments in North Africa, it is disturbing to see further repression of human rights in our own Pacific neighbourhood,” Ms Kearney said.

“It’s obvious there is no democracy in today’s Fiji. A series of decisions introduced by the military regime of Frank Bainimarama have curtailed human rights and suppressed dissenting views.

“The regime has adopted intimidation tactics to instill fear in workers and trade unions, and the ability of workers to represent workers has been severely restricted. Earlier this year, the head of the Fiji trade unions was detained by the military twice.

“Yet with 40% of Fijians living below the poverty line on less than $1.25 a day – and 60% of them in work – the role of trade unions has never been more important. Australian unions will stand shoulder to shoulder with Fijian workers, their families and trade unions in the struggle for human rights and democracy.

"Australian unions stand ready to assist their Fijian brothers and sisters in any way they can." 

The new attack on workers’ rights is reportedly contained in the draft Critical Industries Employment Decree 2011. It lists a number of companies and industries, including sugar and airlines, as critical.

Reports say the decree gives absolute powers to the regime, with the rights and terms of condition of employment of workers rendered meaningless.

Under the pretext of “continued viability and sustainability of critical national industries” and "avoidance of interruption”, the decree forcibly outlaws independent trade unions from representing workers in these industries.

It also removes the rights of Fijians to vote freely for their own union representatives and allows the government and corporations to tear up existing collective agreements, and to instead unilaterally set wages and conditions without negotiation.

Ms Kearney said Australian unions were investigating the reports and if verified would urge the Australian Government to consider further diplomatic and trade measures to encourage Fiji to restore democracy and human rights forthwith.

27 comments:

  1. Aiyaz should take a hike ! Preferably to China or India.

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  2. Finally Aus Union speaks up, what have you been doing, start smart sanctions now and force the wedge of sanity to put pressure on this regime. Start on non essential goods and curb tourist arrivals to instill pain into the economy, dont worry about the people in fiji they are ready to pay some sacrifice in order to get this democracy movement going forward.Alowing status quo will cause long suffering and cultural disaster where by the time military intervention is called upon, people will be consumed by hate and more blodd will be split and self confidence totally savaged, replaced with fear and dissolution. JUST DO IT.

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  3. These unions in Fiji thru there weight and support for the 2006 coup behind the Fiji labour party.
    Now they cry for help, that cry for help should have come back in 2006.

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  4. LOUD CANNON BANGS HEARD AROUND 10PM FROM ARMY CAMP ,ITS SURPOSE TO BE GRUATION PARTY CELEBRATION BUT ITS ANYONES GUESS THAT ITS PSHYCOLOGICAL WARFARE DESIGNED TO DISCOURAGE ANY UPRISING OPERATION DESPARADO IS ON LOL

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  5. Not a big AG fan but this adviosry by Aust Govt clearly shows up aussie ineptness. Wai le these convicts!

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  6. This is the Link to the press statement in PDF it has the email address and telephone numbers of the ACTU media contact personnel where you may want to lodge your grievances if your rights as a worker has not been respected.

    http://www.actu.org.au/Images/Dynamic/attachments/7287/acturelease110519-fiji%20_2_.pdf

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  7. Come on Aussie come on!-, stick it to these thieves. Yes, we the people of Fiji can endure hardship, we have for ages anyway.
    Cut off trade and stop your tourists coming here. If the violence continues, pull out of Fiji completely.
    Traitorous dogs like Nailatikau and Baini Kubu will get what they deserve at the hands of the people they have enslaved. Along with anyone who has supported the treasonous dogs! Run if they can to China, the day of reckoning is near. Long live Freedom for Fiji. Death to the unelected tyrants!!

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  8. @anon 10.28pm it was loud cannon bangs with fireworks...lights out boys its 10pm!!

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  9. It is noted that the biased ‘reporting’ of this story by hairyarse’s brother does not contain an explanation from the Australian LEGAL government but simply mouths the platitudes of the ILLEGAL hairyarse.

    And bananasinpyjamas has the nerve to mumble that there is balanced reporting in the state controlled media.

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  10. come on aussie ,we fijian is ready to secrifice coz we can live without money, but not like those hungry illegal ministers,and its time for you soldiers,dont be silly and its time for tools down and remember our forefathers how united they were in those days,the PM and AG are just using you people by just making false promises to the nation.

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  11. The banging heard from the Nabua barracks is to scare civilians or are there internal bickering up at DelaiNabua, Lets hope is only an exercise going on and not for real. Shaolud not happen we are now on Shabbat as tomorrow is Sabbath the day of rest for the God Almighty the creator of everything and all all will bow before him. Day of judgement is at hand. Halleluya.

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  12. QEB on active overdrive. 3 bombs and some gun shorts - what the hells going on?

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  13. Rabuka did the coup with 20 men in 1987, dissent has gone high in Fiji and histroy will repeat itself, driti and mara not be taken lightly and men in FMF - the junta is not in control who is the junta- a group of 10 or 12 men, the people have revolted and woken to corruption of the junta and 700,000 people now want change as a thug in army uniform from QEB barrack has come out and taken Fiji hostage and fiji must be freed from this dictator. the army and security officers follow command and will follow any new leader and also will liumuri the dictator anytime as they know his corruption and fear tactics- a old and ill health and menatly instable fragile man with 2 balls like all man-must be taken out by coup.

    Time for change- live by sword then die by sword but run the cassava patch first.

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  14. intel proves fiji intabilty and risk of coup anytime- only the band of 50 dictator will resist- no FMF officer will fire on civilans or on any FMF officer or be preapred to die for the thug calling himself prime minister

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  15. Hard international sanctions are needed on fiji, the move to repeal the unions and workers laws in fiji and disolve all unions must be fought hard by all fiji workers and unions and international unions support for this cause

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  16. http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Fiji

    This will give clear message to condom baini that aust is watching.

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  17. Lot of hot air coming out of the rear of the posters here.

    Why not lead a March in the streets of Suva?

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  18. Varau expel dua mai na Aus embassy lol!!

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  19. And if c4.5 must know the "architect" behind all this coludin with the AG is no other than
    MR DAVE FHLIGER it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure that out...

    Hes the silent contributor...

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  20. March in overseas street is needed first. This will tell tourist about Fiji when they see in the tv or read paper. They won't see or read here in Fiji so do overseas first.

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  21. AG TALIBAN WHY YOU TALKING NOW.LAMU .
    YOU WONT GET PAID FOR YOUR MINISTER FOR TOURISM /TRADE POST.
    GET THIS BASTARD IN CELL WITH BAI.
    I AM READY TO HANG THEM PERSONALLY.
    WHEN THE LAW AND ORDER IS RESTORED IN FIJI.
    I AM READY TO DIE FOR FIJI ANYTIME LONG AS I CAN HANG THIS BAI/AG FOR TREASON.
    LONG LIVE THE CHIEFS/VANUA/LOTU.
    BAI YOUR ARE AN ANTI CHRIST/AG-TALIBAN.
    YOU HAVE SOLD YOUR CHIEFS/VANUA/LOTU FOR MONEY.KAWA CA.
    I HOPE YOU WILL BURN IN HELL.
    GOD BLESS FIJI.

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  22. NOT IF BUT WHEN THE JUNTA THUG DICTATOR IS ARRESTED ALL HIS AND HIS FAMILY ASSETS MUST BE FROZEN AND INVESTIGATED AND TAKEN BACK BY GOVERNMENT AND GIVEN TO THE VANUA

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  23. At Anon 10.28 the terror tactics are on again??? Yeah this is what we have faced since 2006, the scare people with loud gunfire from the barracks and the soilders marching through town, dou yavu boci, all you can do is scare the citizens with your gunfire noises!

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  24. "Encourage Fiji (you really mean PM/AG, right?) to restore democracy and human rights?" What planet is Australia on anyway? Have you seen logic or free speech work here yet? You expect the Mob to give up its power and stolen riches just because you ask them sweetly? Have you not noted the AG/PM's response to world opinion or suggestions thus far? If it didn't work the first dozen times, you think the thirteenth is the charm? John Galt

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  25. jake says,

    WHERE IS FELIX, DAN & DHODO NOW/
    HIDING ? YES.....YOU ARE THE REASONS FOR THESE MESS.

    YOU 3 EVIL PEOPLE SOLD WORKERS RIGHTS AND FREEDOM WHEN YOU JOIN FRANK & HIS ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT.

    SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW - YOU CAN NO LONGER BE TRUSTED.

    YOU BLOODY MOGRELS OF A DOG. CHODO YOU THINK THAT YOU COULD HAVE SAVED FIJI WHEN WELL EDUCTAED PEOPLE L;IKE SAVE NARUBE & WADAN NASSEY, BIMAN SAID ECONOMY IS SRINKING YOU SAID THE OPPOSITE. IDIOT. SINCE WHEN DID YOU BECOME ECONOMY EXPERT? YOU HAVE BEEN THE EBIL BEHIND SUGAR INDUSTRY, LOOK AT WHERE IT IS NOW.
    YOU , DAN & FELIX NEED TO BE HANGED AS WELL.....TIME IS COMING.

    TAKE COVER

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  26. Well now the fun begins with regards the Trade Unions! Wonder if Khai has finallay met his match.Time will tell

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  27. Finally the ACTU is saying something but too late as the damaga has been done. I understand that all unions around world do support each other but it's a fact that the ACTU was badly advised in 2006 by people like Felix Anthony, Daniel Urai and Chaudry and others under the umberrala of the FLP simply because they wanted to join Voreqe to try and get back into power and pay back for 1987 and 2000 only to find out later that they had supported nothing but a coward, low life and mentally disturbed criminal....now they and other shadowy figures are keeping quiet and licking their wounds...come and out talk like you did in 2006. You can run but you can't hide because the time will come when you'll be hunted down in all corners of the world....the direct deposits you made into Bainimarama's bank accounts let alone the congratulatory messages are being traced and will be produced for everyone to see when the time comes! Start watching the latest court case in the Hague!

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