The illegal regime's attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, is blaming local trade unionists for what he claims is a move by Australian counterparts to hit Fiji’s tourism industry.
Sayed-Khaiyum has told the Fiji Sun the Australian Transport Workers Union is not aware of the on-the-ground reality in Fij thanks to being fed lies by people like Felix Anthony, Rajeshwar Singh, Daniel Urai, Parmod Rae and Attar Singh, whom he described as politcal 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. 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 claimed for example that 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 job."
Sayed-Khayium claimed the 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.
"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."
Sources say Kkaiyum and the illegal solicitor general, Christopher Pryde, have already made preparation for a special task force team to take Anthony, Urai and Singh in on their return to Fiji.
It's believed the regime will try to charge the trio under the Crimes Decree 2009 for inciting to cause public disobedience under the PER, giving false information to the international media and other organizations in a bid to disrupt essential services, and aiding and Abetting a fugitive wanted under the law of Fij. The latter refers to their presence at the Roko Ului Mara Sydney rally over the weekend. (original source The Fiji Sun)
Editor's Note: Khaiyum also told FBC Fiji Union leaders pushing for sanctions against Fiji represent the old ways and do not want a modern Fiji. He told FBC News there used to be an unholy alliance between certain trade union officials and previous governments. He says the union leaders would make public posturing on workers rights but would actually do deals for elections and such. Referring to an incident in 2007 when the Fiji Public Service Association took various actions against the regime for lowering the retirement age, he claims Felix Anthony approached him then and asked him to speak to FPSA general secretary Rajeshwar Singh to find an amicable solution. He says the three met at a Suva coffee shop. “I said to Rajeshwar Singh, why are you pursuing an appeal in the Supreme Court because in law we were correct, the government was correct, and he said to me, AG look – I have to go through this posturing. I know you are right, I know government is right, but this is the posturing I have to go through to please my members. So I will bring in a QC, so I will look good and it will seem like I am doing something for them. This is a fact.” Sayed-Khaiyum adds union leaders have taken their members for a ride. “What that demonstrated was that the unions for them was a means for not just self-aggrandisement but a means of living a fake system of employer-employee relationships. Squandering the money of the members – while driving a BMW X5.”