|HELPING HAND: Kamlesh Arya (right), key player in the regime's campaign to derail international trade union interest, with Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.|
EXPELLED: In 2009 from Australia
Insiders have revealed information about Kamlesh Arya, the 'veteran unionist', who in recent days has been supporting the military regime's campaign to scare off Australian and New Zealand trade unions from taking industrial action.
Arya, the former president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, has been revealed as having for many years lived off the cuts he and his associates have made from all multi-million dollar constructions works done for school and Fiji University.
Sources say work on his recent Fiji University Library project in Lautoka has been done by a local company, (Engineer Procure Construct (Fiji) Ltd), which is run by a foreign non-FNPF paying employer. The company was given a tender by Arya for more than $1.1 million while the lowest tender was $650,000.00. It is also believed the EPC director, Vijay Zutshi, is raking in millions of dollars in revenue from FEA projects and showing losses to the FTIB.
Arya, Fiji's former ambassador to Australia, is said to have collected more than $150,000 in commission from being the President of the Arya Sabha. He has also tried to reallocate other district funds to the main body of Sabha for construction deals, and when rejected by the district affiliates, made moves to have elections and have Presidents changed.
Arya has been helping the regime thwart the current interest by Australian and New Zealand unions in taking industrail action against Qantas and Air Pacific to hurt the illegal regime.
He has attacked unionsts Felix Anthiny, Daniel Urai and Rajeswhar Singh, saying: “I think some of these guys are now losing the luxuries they enjoy and they went to Australia to resurrect themselves through international imposition in Fiji to show that they that they are the high and mighty of the union movement and if they are not taken care of they will lose their status – it is going to affect their ego now."
But as sources says he's riding the gravy train himself.