|FIJI NATIONAL PROPAGANDA FUND: Aisake Taito and board.|
One of the groups that lodged submissions against the ruthless reforms recommended for FNPF, says the lobbying against the changes, including a cut in pensions to 9 per cent, appears to have worked.
FICTU spokesperson Attar Singh says the board wants to implement the reforms after Cabinet approval but sources believe the final nod has not happened yet despite conflicting local media reports.
Singh believes the anti-reform campaign, which included a series of meetings held by FICTU, has made an impact on the board and the regime.
He says FICTU had another good meeting in Lautoka on Thursday night and has now applied for a permit for a protest march and rally in Suva on July the 16th. He says they hope the march will be allowed and the union intends to continue its campaign to mobilise public opinion.
Singh says the reforms will not go down well with the people if they go ahead despite the huge opposition so far created.
Meanwhile, is it a coincidence the FNPF board has announced a 5.25% payment to members on the eve of it introducing ruthless cuts and reforms that will leave the same people out of pocket?
The sweetner was revealed yesterday by the FNPF chair, Aisake Taito, who also said the board is currently analyzing all of the submissions.
Taito insists the board is yet to decide on the best option to take to "ensure sustainability of the fund" but it's widely touted the controversial reforms will be approved.
And that's despite the illegal president, Epeli Nailatikau, needing to officially sign off on the documents.
Taito says the 5.25 per cent translates into $135 million and will be hugely welcomed by board members.
What members would welcome is honesty and transparency ... and the illegal regime keeping its grubby hands off their hard earned money.