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Friday, August 12, 2011

Fiji unions meeting with ILO reps 'fruitful'

The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions and the Fiji Trades Union Congress have met with the International Labour Organisation representatives who are visiting Suva.

FTUC General Secretary Felix Anthony
The two umbrella unions met the ILO jointly and presented their concerns about several employment-related decrees produced by the illegal regime.

The regime recently introduced the Essential Industrial Services Decree and the State Public Services Decree. Both threaten the rights of workers, wages and working conditions negotiated over decades of collective bargaining.

In a letter sent by FICTU to its affiliates and friendly organisations, its general secretary Attar Singh, says workers rights are enshrined in several ILO conventions and must be respected.

FICTU General Secretary Attar Singh
"We cannot sit back and allow such onslaught on our fundamental rights, won over decades of struggle by us workers and leaders gone before us. We have a responsibility to defend these rights. We must fight back to save the wages, working conditions, quality and dignity of all workers."

The meeting lasted almost two hours and was described by the high-powered delegation as "fruitful".

Headed by the ILO's second in command, Guy Ryder, the Delegation is meeting with the regime's dictator, Frank Bainimarama, today.

Coming up .... Jumpy junta presses church leader for reassurance this month's Methodist Church conference will be trouble-free.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

HE IS ILLEGAL,WHY EVEN TALK TO HIM..BAI LOST CHILD OF TAILEVU,,PUSH TAILEVU PUSH

Anonymous said...

Why feeling threatened of the methodist church and in the process victimizing them.It wont be the methodist church that they should feel insecure of , the threat is from an unexpected direction...so LOOK OUT OR LOOK AROUND , YOU ARE BARKING AT THE WRONG TREE...RERE TIKO VEI IKO..

Anonymous said...

METHODIST CHURCH!!!THIS IS THE ONLY CHANCE FIJI HAVE. TAKE IT AND TO SHOW ALL THE CHURCHES YOU ARE THE ROCK OF FIJI. YOU COME THROUGH WHEN ALL ELSE FAIL. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. I WILL SUPPORT IN WHAT EVER WAYS INCLUDING MONEY.

Anonymous said...

Vinaka. The way to go. Attar, Felix please maintain this course. The workers are with you. They cnt run far frm your joint team.

convolutedexperiment said...

We all know that along with Pryde and Gates, N.Shameem rules Aiyaz and that Aiyaz in turn, rules Frank Bainimarama.
Frank on the other hand, rules nobody, not even the Soldiers.
The soldiers are ruled by paltry amount of money, false promises and lies, along with their own greed and stupidity.

While I applaud the Labour Movement in Fiji and the work the Union Leaders are doing there, it has to be said that had they not supported the Regime from the outset, Fiji workers wouldn't be facing this dilemma now !
I say this now, not to scuttle their efforts, as they are effectively unstoppable now they have reached International Level, but to question the fact that coup after coup after coup, these same people try to undermine the Government of the day and the Constitution !
I want to challenge these same Union Leaders now and here, to never support another act of High Treason and for them to acknowledge and recognise or should that be, recognise and acknowledge, that they are responsible for the mess Fijian Workers and their Unions, find themselves in today !
I also want them to get the message that the handful within Indian Community in Fiji, should stop messing with Politics and trying to continually circumvent the Constitution, for the purpose of attaining Land in Fiji and to acknowledge that the Indigenous Fijians, their Traditions and Culture, including the Right to Land Ownership, should be left alone and that if this is unacceptable, then it is for the non Indigenous Fijians, to simply leave Fiji or accept the Status Quo !

Anonymous said...

Holie says..

Workers why don't you take to the streets your concerns, stand up an be countered. This illegal regime has raped you of your basic rights, stole your pension monies etc etc ,,, what else you waiting for.

What can te 3-4000 soldiers do when they see 50,000 - 200,000 of their bros & sisters & moms & dads wlk the street in prtest of these Taliba led illegal govt.

Act now before its too late.

Anonymous said...

To All investors and would be investors,once proper democracy comes to power all your dealings with ILLEGAL REGIME will be NULL and VOID, you all will lose big time and all properties that you get now will be reversed ,even land from the LAND BANK,NAISOSO,and all the has been dealt with this regime,This comes from a very trusted BARRISTER who had done similar cases in UGANDA and won all,also WE may all be refunded taxes paid under duress and civil servants who carried out this instructions can be charged for supporting illegal regime. Legal Eagles around any more thoughts as this regime crumbles and people in power get the truth as to their fate

Anonymous said...

LEWENI,remember what ADI ATECA GANILAU said to you at Lau province meeting ,WHAT COMES OF A CHIEFS MOUTH ,,, TIK TOK and you

Anonymous said...

Thank u felix anthony and dan urai for your efforts..

Anonymous said...

thank you mr anthony and urai. FELIX ANTHONY FOR PRIME MINISTER. FUTURE PRIME MINISTER OF FIJI.

Anonymous said...

A national strike is looming,we just need someone to organise it.So guys let's get on with it.5 years on,something has to happen..no more waiting.People are FED UP.......We are ready.calm ,passive resistance.
Gandhiji moved the masses remember.

Anonymous said...

Attar Singh, you the man!

FICTU and FTUC executives should tell ILO about Air Pacific's fraud CEO American David Pfliger's who is the instigator and author of the Essential Industrial Services Decree which has the unions up in arms. He ought to be taken to the International Court and charged with crimes to humanity. Tick, tock, tick, tock!

Anonymous said...

Great to note that FTUC and FICTU finally getting their heads together and working side by side. Common ground, common goal, one objective

Anonymous said...

god help Fiji because Frank is not helping Fiji, just helping himself and his corrupt cronies.

Anonymous said...

Now that both union leaders have met with the ILO delegation as representatives the workers of this country regardless of their affiliation, I urge them to begin talks to unite the two bodies.DHUNO BHAIYO EHTNE KAM KHARLO BAS...Feel the Power...10 in one..Bahut jasti power re.

Anonymous said...

U trying to make as if Indians want to take Fijian land when it is ALL Fijians that run Ministry of Fijian Affairs ever since cow came home.

The Fijians themselves were giving land to Indians under Qarase for 75year lease. Have you asked SDL to leave Fiji for offering a 75 year lease to Indians?

The GCC's own political party and leader Rabuka promised renewing Indians lease under ALTA in 1998 ...but after the elections.

So the GCC run govt themselves were giving Fijian land to Indians to farm...

Because of people with your mentality is why Indians have not taken renewal of lease in several cases as the rip off cost of renewal is not worth it when they have to work hard to recover the money handed out to renew leases.

A lawyer charges $1000 - $1500 to do a bill of sale for selling a house. But NLTB to renew lease costs Indians thousands more for what is worth much less.

Yet types of you think Indians are bludging the Fijians?

Go and join Frank and Aias...that is where you belong and give the land to others and not to those whose hard earning efforts from generations have helped the Fijian economy where the bulk of money came into the hands of Fijian households to improve from bure houses to many holding degrees and running high offices today.

It is all the Indian created economy from those land and sweat is where the mahogany treees got planted from those proceeds of sugar tax, etc.

This is the kind of talk that keeps changing regimes and not keep changing democratic parliament.

Sa Sucu Sa Lutu..

Anonymous said...

Attar and Felix.

You two working together is the best thing happened to workers in a long times. You have brains and guts.

Our future, Fiji's future in your hands. Go for it. God Bless.

VereBau. said...

@ Anon 8:36,

Big diference in lease and freehold?

Everyday you should thank your lucky stars you finished up with the Taukei in Viti and not some of the other places India attempted to colonise. Suggest you look to your own small clique of leaders both past & present - compare how they've treated you since you arrived on these shores before you start criticizing Taukei leadership & intentions?

Whereas you are an individualist culture motivated by money & power - Taukei is not.

Anonymous said...

What's up with you racists? Get off man. This is a union fight. Let the two leaders lead us. Trust them. They can do it, Stupid.

Anonymous said...

PEOPLE SHOULD UNITE AND FIGHT THE ILLEGAL REGIME
.NO MORE TALK.TIME FOR ACTION.
GET RID OF THIS BAI/ARMIES/ASK/LEWENI.
UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL.
STRIKE NOW.

Anonymous said...

@ Vere Bau,

There is absolutely no critisism of Taukei Leadership or their intension in anon 8.36 comments to convolutedexperiments comments.

It is only people like these that feel Indians are to grab land...when it is Itaukei leadership that has always wanted to lease land out to help put food on the table.

It is only some who politicise the lease issue to Indians. However this topic is a seperate matter away from the current topic, let alone Indians have not been asking for Fijian land to be changed to Freehold. They do know what is "Lease Land" and that is why there are different resale values when they change hands.

Anonymous said...

Ignore the racists my brothers &sisters,they have no place in a society of people who embrace freedom and equality.....O cei tale qo sa baci kauta cake mai veitalanoa ni qele in abundace but sega ni cakacakatakas.Gunu baklebu na niqona qai kitaka tiko Tadra Kahani.The workers of this country are committed the cause taken forward by the Trade Union movement and it`s two leaders.

Anonymous said...

@7:38 PM. Go read Khaiyum's theory for a sunset clause on Fijian lands and traditional systems.

Anonymous said...

FIJI SOON WILL BECOME TALIBAN STATE .
WE DONT ASK TO RULE OF HINDUS/CHRISTIANS.
TIME FOR UNITED FORCE TO GET RID OF THE ILLEGAL REGIME.

Anonymous said...

@ 9.19pm,
whatever sunset clause is on land in Khaiyum's theory, HE does not represent the views of majority Indians in Fiji, given that his theory has not been brought out in any political party's manifesto that they have embraced khaiyum's theory in their political beliefs.

Furthermore, the land bank is not giving land to Indian's but rather Chinese investors to have Fiji taken over by drug money getting legalised in Fiji.and giving Frank & Company back hand money into their overseas accounts.

It is the President of Fiji who is selling off Fijian land as they love the perks and the chair to be rubber stamp to NLTB and Lands Ministry and cabinet.

Fiji should see Presidents' resign within 3 months and refusing to sign certain decrees. Money has always sold Fijian leaders out and blaming Indian's is a big bullshit.

What Aias does is his own view and not elected by a single vote. Military Council who led the coup must go back and fix the F up's the President's have done by giving power back to President and since then President's IG has taken everyone for a ride.

Military Council...go back and take over the IG as they have failed to deliver a cleaned up Fiji in last 4&1/2 years...and there is no evidence that come 2014, there will be any clean up completed which was a one year exercise.

Your BIG mistake was listening to others and handing power back to politicians in the form of IG.

They wanted to stay there for long haul for themselves.

Let's see if Military Council has BALLS left or are they hanging on Aias's balls!