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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Singh and Anthony hit back at claims Fiji's PSA want them out

The trade unionists who've been trying to get Australian and New Zealand unions to intervene in Fiji are standing their ground.

The illegal regime yesterday released a statement claiming FPSA members wanted the General Secretary of the Fiji Public Service Association, Rajeshwar Singh, to step down.
Singh has today told Fiji Village that if some FPSA members want him out then they should follow the procedures under the Association’s constitution to take that step.

MINFO spokesperson Sharon Smith Johns claims "some civil servants in Fiji’s largest trade union visited her and raised concern about Singh meeting with the Australian unions."

Smith Johns says FPSA members say Singh had no mandate to speak on behalf of them with the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Transport Workers Union.

Fijivillage says Singh has denied any knowledge of any sanctions and has also
agreed to driving a BMW X5 but says the purchase price is less than half the figure claimed and that members had approved the purchase of the car.

Singh's apparent $200,000 has also been revealed by the regime. 
The FTUC has also released the following statement: 

PRESS RELEASE – RESPONSE TO FCEF STATEMENT.

We, the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) are appalled by the statement issued by the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF) calling on FTUC to refrain from protecting the very existence of Trade Unions in Fiji.

We remind FCEF of the recent agreement between the Government, the FCEF AND FTUC on the Decent Work Country Programme wherein the parties agreed to the promotion and respect of the ILO Core Labour Conventions. Recent decrees namely the Administration of Justice Decrees 2009 and subsequent Amendment Decree and Decree Number 21 of 2011 blatantly violate the Core Conventions and attempt to decimate the Trade Unions in the Public Sector and Government owned entities.

We cannot have two sets of laws, one for the Public Sector and another for the Private Sector. We expect that when agreements are entered into, they are fully respected.

The FCEF should remind Government of their obligations and ask that Government respect their side of the deal instead of lecturing FTUC. The impact of any action by Unions is a direct result of the breach and violations of workers’ fundamental rights which the FCEF recognizes. We urge the FCEF not to attempt to play politics now and put the blame where it rightfully belongs.

We, the FTUC, condemn the direct interference of the Government in the affairs of our affiliate, the Fiji Public Service Association (FPSA) through the media release by the Ministry of Information and the comments of the Attorney General. Government has no business in the internal affairs of any Union.

We remind the Government that Officials of the affiliates of FTUC are elected and therefore have full legitimacy unlike this Government. Unions have a mandate to speak on behalf of the workers they represent and are governed by rules and a Constitution. If any member is aggrieved by any decision of the Union, the Constitution of the Unions provide for process to address these concerns. It does not require Government to try and intervene in the internal affairs of the unions.

The FTUC clearly sees such intervention by Government as an attempt to weaken the solidarity of Unions and their members and to politically weaken Unions. This will not work. The FTUC urges Government to respect the rights of workers and their Freedom of Association. Such actions are also in breach of ILO Core Conventions which the Government has ratified and is obligated to respect and promote. It is our sincere hope that Fiji is not judged as a rouge state in the ILO.

The FTUC is also concerned at the comments attributed to the Attorney General which appear to be petty in nature where personal attacks are being made on various elected leaders of the Unions. We remind the Attorney General that these Unions and their Leaders are legitimate and legal and that the Attorney General has no standing in questioning the actions or decisions of these Unions for obvious reasons.

We ask, what consultations and mandate the Attorney General has to produce Decrees and impose them on the citizens. If the Attorney General wants accountability from Unions, he needs to start with himself. Can he tell the Nation what he is costing the taxpayers and why the taxpayers who did not choose him to lead, should pay.


FELIX ANTHONY
NATIONAL SECRETARY

34 comments:

gairkanuni said...

ag attacks rajesh on bmw ag is the last one to point finger he himself when failed layer at colonial now bsp yes connection on 10 million car loan is through parmesh sharma x merchant finace who masimpolo style but no school has cost bsp half million in capital gains tax after sale of credit corp shares back to ccorp sorry back to ag he used to drive lanrover freelander and then special ordered a volvo xc90 worth more than the pajero his white expat boss used to drive it only goes to show how big egoed ag is nd on apower trip with bhani mara in tow god save iji

Anonymous said...

what a reply! very good felix!!! but hope the ag understands the swine!!!! bunch of losers time is up guys...

Samu said...

Very true. I did not and the rest of Fiji citizens did not appoint the AG. Where does he get his legitimacy from.

If the illegal dictator illegally appointed the AG, then the AG no standing with the people of Fiji meaning that all the decrees he promulgated and future decrees have no legitimacy and standing.

The Union leaders are elected reps and are legitimate leaders. So what they are saying carry legitimacy with the people.

Its time we root out Vore and AG.

We must support the Unions from Austr and NZ carry out strike to cripple the Fiji economy.

The strike should be intense and go on until the backbone of this illegal Govt is completely broken.

We want the return of democracy now.

Followed by legal processes against the regime and its supporters taking place.

Anonymous said...

Awesome comments Felix, we with you at ground level....keep on going forward...there is no looking back now! You are our LIFELINE!!

Anonymous said...

We ask, what consultations and mandate the Attorney General has to produce Decrees and impose them on the citizens. If the Attorney General wants accountability from Unions, he needs to start with himself. Can he tell the Nation what he is costing the taxpayers and why the taxpayers who did not choose him to lead, should pay.

Well said Mr Anthony.

Anonymous said...

Felix, should destroying Fiji. You unionists loners, self centered, self fish pig. What have you achieved in your life..how can you support coup one day and not another day.. are you sure you know your work. You and Chaudhary have exercised very poor judgement over the years. If anybody who should vacate his position it should be you. You have achieved nothing in your life.. you score is a big zero for your life. You cant see other people doing things better than you. You do not know your work. Whats wrong with elections in 2014.... have patience...you wont make much difference in peoples lives anyway because you know nothing.. only your hot temperment.

Anonymous said...

GUYS...DID YOU HEAR WHAT THE PM SAID ON THE RADIO NEWS TODAY .....CAN TELL THAT HE IS RERE .....SA RERE.... SA LAMU...HE GOT THE GUNS but STILL LAMU...I THOD ONE TIME HE OPEN HIS MOUTH AND SAY THAT THEY WON'T WAISTE THEIR TIME ON THOSE POEPLE... RUM AND HIS COMPANY.....THE TAIL IS RIGTH UP TO THE KETE...

Anonymous said...

Much better stuff from the Unions. This should have been there from day one but as the saying goes "better late than never". I congratulate the unions for finally finding the stones to stand up and be counted especially for those union members who have lost jobs, and have poorer working and living conditions under this regime.

UNION MEMBER said...

about time flexi,THANX FOR SPEAKING OUT

Anonymous said...

If you want to be a democrat, then act democratically.

Action taken by oneself or the ecouragement of others to act in a way that directly or indirectly will effect the welfare of ones members must have their approval.

Unfortunately, without getting a mandate has worked into the hands of the junta.
The excercise of getting a mandate would have been instructive in a couple of ways.
1. If the regime had not given permission under PER then there would have been another strike against it.
2. If the meeting had proceeded, then there would have been a clear indication of what the majority are thinking , which can only be instructive, for from such information one can plan further tactics.

All I see are more dictators squeling for being nosed out of the trough.

sara'ssista said...

as Croz would say...'So What!'. So a couple of people expressed concerns to regime 'mouthpiece and bike rack' Smith John's ... so what , was there 900 people marching outside her office expressing their displeasure, no , why ? it's not allowed under this regime. How on earth would she expect to gauge support or not for the union officials.

convolutedexperiment said...

Aiyaz is not the Attorney General, he is a self appointed anarchist and should be ignored by all !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejGQ5oIuP9c&NR=1

TURUKAWA said...

Well Done Felix Anthony & FTUC!!

You guys should have done this 5 years ago.

Your statement clearly strikes the nail on the head and will shut AG & Sharon Smith bull crap on what they are trying to portraying against FTUC.

Its about time that the FPSA stop supporting this illegal govt and i bet that there is only a few of them that supports the idiot mouth piece of Bainimarama Sharon Smith.

AG & BAI thinks they can bully the workers union? I bet they are looking at drafting more decrees now as we speak or looking at a solution to counter this latest incident.

This is why its hard getting rid of this illegal govt because of the greedy people listening and supporting Voreqe & AG.

Tuamoto..get off the high horse and support the grassroot people of fiji. FIJI GOVT IS IN SO MUCH DEBT THAT THOSE YOUNG GENERATION WILL PAY YOUR DEBTS IN YEARS TO COME INCLUDING YOUR KIDS & RELATIVES.

Thumbs Up to Democracy!!

Anonymous said...

Just be responsible you 3 stooges, that's all we who live in Fiji ask. Think of the those who're struggling already. Unions have done enought wreckage in the country and do we have to look beyond the sugar industry?? Don't be surprised if your equally ambitious AG prepares a decree to remove any source of livelihood you hope to receive from Fiji. You lot remind me of when our grandfathers were going to the 2nd world war in the 1940s, your own were instead, on strike for more wages - how low and selfish is that??

Anonymous said...

wheres the eco-bank reject (PSPE)and her smart mouth. even unions can see through her stupidity!

ydder aytin said...

some unionists live in more luxury then the best of businesssman in fiji . all at the expense of the poor workers.

Anonymous said...

Where was Felix when he was FNPF board member.

Maybe he just had a revelation sent by MPC.

Anonymous said...

Thats the one. Now has the AG got an reply to this? Can he tell us how much is he costing us please.

Samu said...

Nobody will ever bilieve the above attached information from the Illegal Govt's Ministry of Dis-information, reporting on Civil Servants Union members' dissatisfaction against their leader Mr Singh.

This is a Govt Ministry propaganda blurbing against Mr Singh who is fighting the Govt. The illegal government is trying hard to create mischief, disunity amongst the members and wanting to pitch the members against their leader Singh.

Does not report how many oppose Singh and who is leader of the dissenters.

Appeal to the Civil Servants to stick together and not be fooled by the illegal regime.

Your leadership is fighting for your rights and survival and the international community is wanting to help you.

Be wise and work as a Union

Anonymous said...

AG WE ARE WAITG FOR YOUR REPY TIK TOK TIK TOK

Anonymous said...

AG WE ARE WAITG FOR YOUR REPY TIK TOK TIK TOK

Anonymous said...

why is felix and his group cyring , they are the one who let this regime to lay solid foundation , that time felix was enjoying bucks , he should be the first to shot , baini second

Anonymous said...

Felix why did you tell AG that you cannot accept to be board member of FNPF because you are illegal AG.For the ten years you and your Labour Party could not achieve any thing for the people of Fiji.No vision where you people stepped in there has been disater after disater, one examlpe sugar industry.A big bunch of looses just greed and power.

kinoya kid said...

Samu...
You like it or not...this Gvt is carrying out the development for the people....
You are jest the same as those kulina who miss their pay pac and are going against the Gvt because of their greediness...
Wat have you done to help the poor people of this nation...U kulina

Annie said...

I fail to understand how the AG thinks that these are useless issues and are not worth discussing. It is sad knowing that personal attacks are being made again on leaders of the Unions which is just too extreme.

I love the way Felix Anthony has stood up for the rights because Fiji needs people like him who stand for their rights even though much can not be done at the moment. Thumbs Up!

Noami said...

At TURUKAWA

very well said...if only they had done this 5 years ago. Its never too late though

Anonymous said...

Felix, Daniel, Rajesh are scum bags, no credibility. Only doing this becos they can see that Frank/kaiyum is gearing up for elections. aBloody self serving bastards...trying to reinvent themselves on on existent union decree...can smell Mahen's dirty all over this. And naive and stupid aust/nz democrcay movement allowing themselves to be taken for a ride and used by them. FOOLS.

Anonymous said...

UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL!!!!COME ON UNION MEMBERS LETS SUPPORT........DIS ILLEGEL GOVT IS HELPING THE POOR COS THEY DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH WE WORK HARD AT SCHOOL TO GAIN SOMETHING BUT NOW WHAT DO WE GET JUST LIKE THAT SAYING........SA ONE DAY RICH TALE TIKO KEDATOU NA JOB TIKO......COZ ALL THE MONEY ARE GOING TO THE DEVELOPMENT......SA RAUTA MADA NA MASI POLO TIKO BAINI..........

Anonymous said...

let us not lose sight of our main or primary objective - get rid of this government and free Fiji and its people. Discussing issues about Felix and AG is a distraction that only benefits this illegal government.
Let us focus and move ahead please with bringing down BainiAyassss.

FA/DU/RS/RC/MPC can all answer for their part in the coup afterwards.

If they are for us now, let us join hands and move forward together against Kaiyumm and Bainiass.

Anonymous said...

these RUM and unionts are just trying to create a crisis to give them an excuse to seek asylum in aust,,,,,,,since they got kicked out from their board high salaries,,,,,,,,greedy buggers!

Union Bunny said...

Keep the pressure on Tony Sheldon and the Australian TWU: they are Fiji's best hope.

Anonymous said...

anon kinoya kid...so the truth hurts you, bai,ag and all,,yeh!onli a kulina will know another kulina so you must be a BIG BIG KULINA....

Anonymous said...

Peace everybody!!!

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