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Sunday, July 24, 2011

'Millionaire Fiji union leaders' debate keeps firing

ARYA: Fueling fire
The military dictatorship and trade unionists Felix Anthony, Rajeshwar Singh and Daniel Urai continue to battle it out over who has the real support and the mandate of unions.

The military dictatorship pressed on with its story yesterday that the trio have no backing to be in Australia and New Zealand seeking support for industrial action against Qantas and Air Pacific.

A statement from MINFO spokesperson Sharon Smith Johns headed "Millionaire unionists leaders' bid to self-resurrect," claimed a massive $3.5 million is collected by trade unions in subscription fees and that a significant portion of it goes on the salaries and perks of union leaders.

The regime cited 'veteran unionist' Kamlesh Arya, the former president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, as 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.”

The MINFO statement said figures obtained from major unions such as Fiji Sugar & General Workers , Fiji Public Service Association, National Union of Hotel & Catering Workers, Communication, Mining & General workers, National Transport Workers,  Finance Sector, teachers, nurses and farmers unions show that the three union leaders have a total of about 30,000 members who pay on average $5 per week in subscription fees.

It says no tax is levied on the subs and that Anthony, Singh, and Urai enjoy free housing, travel subsidies, entertainment allowances and "luxury cars, and even to the extent of weekly fuel for cars." 

The statement said most the union bosses receive more than $100,000 in salaries quoting Kamlesh Arya again as saying it was “union thuggery.

The regime also produced a second 'veteran unionst', Viliame Kautia of the General Secretary of the Public Employees Union, who said "once elected, these leaders think they can do what they please but this is not on.”

Predictably, the regime justified its 'revelations' of the salaries and allowances of Anthony, Singh and Urai but continues to deny its own excessive salaries with Smith-Johns saying  "members are concerned union leaders are joining the Anti-Fiji Movements overseas who are trying to destroy the country instead of taking up workers issues with the Government".

“This is a national issue and the government has all the right to be concerned as it has a duty to protect the country and its citizens."

Anthony, Singh and Urai have continued to defend their motives and efforts to secure the support of overseas affiliates saying the regime is sidestepping the real issue -workers rights and the introduction of yet another illegal decree, this time aimed at putting a choker hold on the public service.

The FPSA says both the illegal government and PSC have been ignoring its calls, letters and requests since 2007, choosing instead to unilaterally impose a 5% pay cut which took it three years to restore. It says since then, the PER and the illegal decrees have stopped it and other unions from speaking out about the attacks on union members and leaders. 

More good reading below for those following the debate.

Meanwhile sources say Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has a team from police and army making sure that any union members found having meetings are detained.
 
They say as a front the police come and arrest them, but when they taken up to CID, the army guys are there to interview and whack them, pulling a veil over the eyes of people that police is detaining, but in actual fact they are transferring the detainees to the army for question.


FPSA says members confused
http://www.mediafire.com/?tuh3f10zj3wujjw

FPSA response to MINFO
http://www.mediafire.com/?fxeojojrkc7m37z 


FPSA Response to media release  

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ministry of information: the unionists get paid which you have dug out the information

How about :WHAT IS FRANK GETTING!
WHAT IS AIYAZ GETTING.

WE challenge you to tell us,

You will not tell us, of course! Yet you can dig into others information!

SHAME ON YOU : SHARON SMITH

Anonymous said...

Ministry of information: the unionists get paid which you have dug out the information

How about :WHAT IS FRANK GETTING!
WHAT IS AIYAZ GETTING.

WE challenge you to tell us,

You will not tell us, of course! Yet you can dig into others information!

SHAME ON YOU : SHARON SMITH

Varani. said...

Millionaire Fiji union leaders?

Thought debate was about the increasing suppression of workers rights within Fiji by an unelected & brutal military regime - not civilian union leaders personal finances?

Anonymous said...

What have Felix, urai and rajeshwar achieved prior to this episode. Nothing except filling their pocket. In fact they were the key supporters of the IG post 2006.

After commiting "murder" now they are saying they did not know. Who are they fooling. They are not kids. Felix boost about his expensive suits and trips to switzerland. Felix and his master MPC killed the former Mara, Rabuka and Qarase govts by hijacking the sugar industry. Its because of their actions this IG govt is using our tax money to safe FSC.

We need a fijian govt and I like the suggestion put forward that we fijians must join forces from within before we can change anything. If 5/6 prominent fijians talk to IG, they can influence things from inside.

Anonymous said...

At least the Union officials have been chosen by those who they represent. If the members wish to change the leadership or alter the conditions of their leaders employment they can do this by attending an AGM or holding a special meeting. What us stopping this is PER? I challenge the regime to remove PER, allow the unions to hold their long overdue AGM's and we shall see what happens.
If the regime is so confident they have the support of Fiji workers then they would permit them to hold meetings?

Anonymous said...

It would be a fair debate if the AK and FB declares their personal finances as well. These guys are sitting on million dollar plus salary and pointing fingers at others. AK you are doomed, your day is near.

Anonymous said...

We should not forget these cronies....Urai, Anthony and Singh were once puppet of the Junta. When the regime started pressing they took what they wanted and fled. They milk the FNPF members of their money to pay themselves a hefty pay for their Board fees.I full agree with Kamal Aiyar,they are losing the comfort of their living out of the union members money; they started making noises. Urai should just go back and fix up his boys from going to prisons and robbing the innocent.

Anonymous said...

How about telling us how much

1. Cranky FRANKIE
2. Ai-Arse
3. Sharon Smith

are getting in salary, allowances and perks.

At least the UNION LEADERS are elected yearly by their members.

Who in God's name elected you losers?

Anonymous said...

Kamlesh Arya, the snowy-haired unemployed opportunist no. 1 of fiji should reveal what he earned at the expense of the teachers of Fiji for over two decades as well.

Would someone be able to dig into this? C4.5?

Anonymous said...

trues up varani and anoy 1:50

Anonymous said...

Who is this bloke Arya another disgruntled former union offical who did nothing for fiji worker, trying to make a name for himself oh heroes pop up from every corner. How much is S smith earning ?

Anonymous said...

PLEASE PEOPLE, BE CHRISTLIKE, HE NEEDS TO BE THE HIGH COMMISSIONER TO LONDON ,NOW THAT WE HAVE A VACANCY.....HE USED TO BE A HIGH COMMISSIONER TO AUSTRALIA ONCE.....ONCE! THESE ARE GREAT TIMES.....PRAISE THE GOVERNMENT AND GET A JOB.

convolutedexperiment said...

Which ever way one wishes to look at it and whatever spin Frank, Aiyaz and Sharon want to put on it, Felix and the others are earning their salaries now, but what about Frank, Aiyaz and Sharon ?

Anonymous said...

People in Glass houses shouldn't throw stone??

Bainivuaka, Aiarse, Noor Unty Bano Chod!!! Declare how much you thieves are paying yourselves?? No one elected you goofs to run this country? Just wait for your time because it's drawing nearer!!!

Sharon Smith...the Illegal Mouth organ... get the fuck out of my country!! You loser bitch bajaru!!! Too much masipolo to your Illegal Bosses!!! You will be unswerable!!!! One day Mafatu!!! Which one of them or all of them are potting you??
Big Arse!!! The Elected Unionists together with people power are going to bring You DOWN!!! Watch Out!!!

Anonymous said...

People in Glass houses shouldn't throw stone??

Bainivuaka, Aiarse, Noor Unty Bano Chod!!! Declare how much you thieves are paying yourselves?? No one elected you goofs to run this country? Just wait for your time because it's drawing nearer!!!

Sharon Smith...the Illegal Mouth organ... get the fuck out of my country!! You loser bitch bajaru!!! Too much masipolo to your Illegal Bosses!!! You will be unswerable!!!! One day Mafatu!!! Which one of them or all of them are potting you??
Big Arse!!! The Elected Unionists together with people power are going to bring You DOWN!!! Watch Out!!!

Anonymous said...

Arya Samaj Rate: Kamlesh Arya
consultation 100.00
hawan 150.00
death 150.00
marriage 250.00
birth name 100.00
religious function 150.00
standby 200.00

these are basic charges but anything above this will be highly honored .
info K Arya.

Anonymous said...

Arya where were you when people were get picked up by the green army, I think you are just jealous that you don’t have such following and support from people in Fiji and overseas, I ask you to declare all that you have earned over the years and then talk about other people’s earnings. Hope to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

Kamlesh Arya i think it is wise for you to shut-up as no one wants to hear rubbish from you.

Anonymous said...

Kamlesh Arya - you are a turncoat rascal who wants to greese bainimarama balls to get the high commissioners job. you were dumped from the FLP last elections because you never served you people of Nasinu. you charge people for your pandit services and funerals..shame you you....

Anonymous said...

I am so ashamed to be called arya samaji as this has now become the public knowledge now.just cant believe kamlesh arya being so mischievous . i am seriously considering of joining other group.
b.prasad
usp

Anonymous said...

Can Arya Samaj explain if the rates and charges of Pandit Arya have been approved by the Maha Sabah? This blood sucking vampire must be removed from the samaj or else we will all become vasias and ball greesers like arya,,,goo work C4.5

Anonymous said...

This pundit is out of his pants, he wants the diplomatic postings as the loser is unemployed and broke.

There isnt enough om soah, meaning pundit business going around for him to earn a living.

The junta has offered him the diplomatic posting bribe and his mouth is now churnig anti union, only to be fixed by the unions in future, with a good buturaki.

Anonymous said...

i am ashamed of kamlesh arya. he is not arya samaji but a damn chamar. you just wait and watch: he is greasing ASK and Baini's arse to get a diplomatic posting to India. He is working very hard to stab a knife in Yogesh Karan's (current nominee) back.
Shame on you Arya

Varani. said...

Amazing - how a simple straight forward discussion about international labour slowly morphed into a locally produced B grade BollyWood movie.

Art Observer.. said...

Picture worth a thousand words.

Kai Dia couple prepare spice before an Indian lovo as their unaware dinner guest reads on.

Anonymous said...

It it any wonder we are in an absolute mess today!An important topic comes up for discussion on C4.5 and what we get is discusion on utter rubbish. No wonder Fiji is in such a mess-we are not sure if we are comimg or going. Democracy was given via elections but losers decided it was better to have coups. Now we have a "coup" Govt in control and a former Military colonel who is not sure if he supported the coup but now wnats us to honest to God believe we need democracy! Maybe its the reason why all our peoples just get busy drinking grog & watching rugby-they have seen it all, so there is nothing new or no one new to impress them!Same old faces but with different agendas now but is it for real? So what was our topic of discusion again? Oh ahh the Samoan PM? No it was about Caucau not playing for Fiji!

Anonymous said...

At a time when everyone is struggling-we have people in the Union movement driving expensive cars none of them could possibly buy even in their wildest dreams! We need to get real these Union leaders are nothing but thieves-looking after themselves Mr No1 first and 2nd! If the members take a pay cut than the Union officials who are full time salaried staff need to take a pay cut also.These peopel are ripping off the Union workers and since they decided to come overseas and make a big noise about things in Fiji, they shot themselves in the foot. Now the whole Union movement around the world is asking questions also of these officials-but they still have to face the music in Fiji from their members?

Anonymous said...

Arya is unemployed and wants a diplomatic posting, this man has no values and no fighter, will be rembered for this and better be careful when he walks the streets with union members spitting on him

Anonymous said...

Arya looks like a religous fruitcake - talks and acts like a religous fruitcake - maybe thats why AUS knocked back his PR request? But unlike his AUS counterpart - current Viti resident Rocco Leo - he doesn't collect guns - fuses - detonators & 35 thousand rounds of ammunition.