#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Invoice for US$32,936 shows UK consultant lied about being hired by Air Pacific to help with controversial Essential Industries Decree

Friday, September 30, 2011

Invoice for US$32,936 shows UK consultant lied about being hired by Air Pacific to help with controversial Essential Industries Decree

IN THE HOT SEAT: Andy Cook denies he had anything to do with Air Pacific and the controversial ENI Decree.

So-called veteran trade unionist Andy Cook billed Dave Pflieger for agreed fees and travel costs for work done on the anti-union decree

The London-based industrial relations expert consultant who through our correspondent Victor Lal denied Coupfourpointfive's earlier story about him being involved in consultancy work for Air Pacific or the military regime over the draconian Essential National Industries (Employment Decree), has been caught lying.

According to evidence provided to us today, Andy Cook, the founder and chief executive officer of the firm Marshall-James, billed Air Pacific boss David Pflieger only last month (August, 31st 2011) for work done. The invoice was worth US$32,936 or FJD$59,312.08, if converted to Fiji dollars based on the latest exchange rates. The breakdown given in the invoice was thus: USD$25,000 for agreed fees and USD$7,936 for travel costs.

The evidence comes hot on the heels of another invoice sent to Air Pacific and Pflieger (and also obtained by Coupfourpointfive) by the United States law firm MILBANK TWEED HADLEY &McCLOY LLP for FJD$43,200 for 24 hours of work done in drafting the ENI Decree.

Readers will recall that on Thursday the 15th of September, 2011, we published a copy of a draft letter from Pflieger (letter of introduction) "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN". In the letter, Pflieger confirmed that Air Pacific had retained Marshall-James to "work on its behalf on issues relating to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) complaint made against Fiji and the airline. Andy Cook of Marshall-James has authority to procure services from third parties in this regard".
 

Just over a week ago (Thursday 22nd, September, 2011), we published a follow-up story from Victor Lal, who reported on a statement from Andy Cook. Lal wrote Cook had disassociated himself from the contents of Pflieger's letter. Cook claimed in his statement (as reported by Lal) he supports the rights of organised labour, believes in the values of trade unions declaring that "I have not been engaged by Air Pacific or the Fijian Government to support or help implement the Essential Industries Decree".

Through Lal, Andy Cook also said that as a labour relations specialist, he is asked to look at many different scenarios and situations. Cook confirmed having being asked of his opinion but said: "I have been urging the Fijian Government to adopt a policy of  engaging with the International Union Movement and the ILO to begin to address the concerns and issues expressed by these communities with a view to finding a way forward ... if there is a desire for engagement then I am willing to play a part in making that happen.Lastly, I confirm that I am not working in any capacity on anything related to Fiji or Fijian Employers".

A copy of the invoice obtained by us confirms Andy Cook blatantly lied to Victor Lal and through Lal to Coupfourpointfive. Pflieger's letter of introduction of Cook is dated August the 30th. Marshall-James invoice to Pflieger is dated just a day later, August the 31st. The ENI Decree was gazetted on July the 29th. The Regulations were gazetted on September the 9th. The invoice dated August the 31st and Pflieger's letter dated August the 30th confirm Marshall-James and Cook either did consultancy for Air Pacific on the ENI Decree before August or on the Regulations naming the Designated Corporations between August the 31st and September 9.

The invoice from Marshall-James also states the payment of US$32,936 or FJD$59,312.08 was due within 10 days of the invoice date. The 10-day deadline expired on Saturday the 10th of September. However, one day before, the regime's attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, called a press conference to announce the Regulations and released three related documents (Khaiyum's press release, an explanation of the Decree and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - as reported by us on the evening of September the 9th. 


There is no denying that, Cook and his firm Marshall-James, played a role in the regime's resolve to trample on the rights of workers and unions, despite his claim of being a veteran British trade unionist.

This revelation, with evidence, once again raises the question of the Australian Airline Qantas' involvement or failure to detect Pflieger using Air Pacific, which is 46% owned by Qantas, to support the military regime's on-going agenda of violating fundamental human and worker rights.

The regime has meanwhile now included Air Pacific's subsidiary Fiji Airlines Ltd, operating as Pacific Sun, as a Designated Corporation under the ENI Decree. On September the 15th we had also revealed a draft memo prepared under the name of Shaenaz Voss (Pacific Sun boss) that was supposed to be given to Pacific Sun's employees on the announcement of the Regulations. 
We also revealed a letter from Pflieger to Aiyaz Khaiyum requesting for Pacific Sun's inclusion as a Designated Corporation.

We can now confirm that Shaenaz Voss has indeed given a circular to all Pacific Sun employees claiming that "on Friday 23rd September Government clarified previously issued Regulations related to the ..... Decree and noted that Fiji Airlines Ltd T/A Pacific Sun is also a designated corporation in an essential industry". 

However, no amendments to the Regulations under the ENI Decree have been gazetted, only written or verbal clarification from Khaiyum to Pflieger's letter prompted Voss to tell her employees that they can no longer be members of any Union, in this case Transport Workers Union and Fiji Airlines Pilots Association.

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40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another $500 million dollar loan from Exim Bank of China for Golden Century Group-Raiwai flats/upmarket center.

No public tender done.

Who will pay the $500 million dollar scam and many hundred million interest in 3o year loan.

This big scam.

Fiji gonna go bankrupt.

Anonymous said...

This truth shows liers and incompetence of illegal AG pretending to be making decrees nver been to court to fight a case.

Some aliens are making decrees as fiji new parliment depriving the people and workers of fiji their human and worker rights.

These alines in fiji must be arressted.

The alines are on millions of dollars salary package and thiink fijians live without their sulus on cocumut trees.

FJ Captain said...

Kick David Pfliger's dirty white ass and send him to Fijian prison. He failed in his own country and now wants to look like a hero in Fiji. What a stupid moron.

Heard he was a total failure in the USA.

Also kick S.Voss's dirty smelly ass and put her in jail with Pfliger in Fijian prison. These guys are ruining the country.

Ayaise asshole and your aunties and clans, you are all a dead pieces of meat to be fed to the animals. The more you continue, the more painful your death will be. Time to give in. Bai, you are dying person from illness so you will rot in hell.

YP Reddy and Tappoo clan, watch your back as we are also after you. You are also one dead meat. Watch out, you will be history soon.

Adrian Sofield, don't think you are not spared from all these doings.

Anonymous said...

Qantas has 46% shares in Airpacific, directors on board and management contract of Air pacific.

Qantas cant run away from the alien draconion CEO actions to turn the entire workers of fiji to slavery paid for by Qantas money.

He thinks he is too smart and bulls about profit sharing to workers who aint getting anything cos Air Pacific is doomed and bankrupt company- no future profits for next decade but losses.

Anonymous said...

Minister closing Fijian owned Pharmacies as i was told by email this morning.. Hello how many Kaivitis are in this business and the few we have MINISTER NEEL SHARMA wants to close .. sara sara mada

Anonymous said...

Fiji Already bankrupt,and Jitiko of Firca under pressure to collect more money by threatning and forcing small business to fork out unreasonable demands .All business that FIRCA owes to when demand payment are told they will be investigated thus buying time. Jitiko how can you get a good night sleep,come on this Sunday go to church and try and see light and this will save you fron HELL

Jieke said...

What a bunch of bustards and thats the kind of transparency the idiot Bainimarama talks about.

Anonymous said...

OVERSEAS INVESTORS GOING TO FIJI BE READY FOR TROUBLE,SOMETHING IS BREWING UP AND YOUR INVESTMENTS WILL NOT BE SECURE .YOU WILL LOOSE MONEY AND WITH FIJIAN ILLEGAL GOVT AT BRINK OF BANKRUPTCY AND MINISTERS WITH GASTPO POWER WILL RUIN YOU.

Anonymous said...

News on hand Neel Sharma has been fired as Minister for Health,Bai instructed that this morning.Can some one confirm???

Anonymous said...

PM HAD INSTRUCTED FIRCA AND ALL GOVT DEPARTMENTS THAT NO BUSINESS TO CLOSE AND TO ASSIST THEM WHEREVER HELP WAS NEEDED ,WHO IS NEEL SHARMA TO OVERRULE THE PM.

Anonymous said...

Scam after Scam.

Another 500 million dollar loan from Exim Bank of China-Raiwai Modern Center Scam project.

Who will repay the 900 million total debt.

Dont forget the many billion dollar scam -Waila City Project.

Who needs Raiwai Modern Centre.

500 million scam loan means 500,000 share of loan for each fijian to repay.

Who elected this thug junta.

Massive kickbacks/bribes truth of these projects scam.

A mother of all coups needed to arrest this junta of thugs and put on trial.

Fiji is doomed.

Anonymous said...

Doctor Rama bought all equipment from Neel Abortion Sharma and funny none of the equipments worked ,Rama ke loss hoi ge.. and as to compensation paid for botched delivery by Neel ,the boy is 10 years old and can not move and is brain dead,Neel your hands must be shivering and may god punish you by making you crippled as you did to this Boy.The money you paid will not get his life back and poor parents struggling to look after the boy

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER MASSIVE CORRUPTION/SCAM

A Chinese real estate development company will be spending FJD$500 million to develop an area of Raiwai into a modern retail centre with professional office space and up market residential flats.

The company, Gold Century Group Company Fiji Limited was officially handed the development lease by the Fiji government today.

Solicitor general Christopher Pryde said the project was to develop a 17 acre area of land in Raiwai and would add a significant boost to Fiji’s economy.

“Apart from employment opportunities there will be even more opportunities for local and foreign businesses to open up shops at Raiwai once development is complete,” said Pryde.

Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Filimoni Kau said the area to be developed was beside Garden City in Raiwai, an area which is currently a mangrove swamp.

He said the initial construction plan would have around 150 to 200 people with total numbers at the end of the project expected to be around 200 to 250 people.

“The current development lease given by government was for five years and all construction will begin in a few months once all approvals from local government, has been granted,” said Kau.

Kau also said the Gold Century Group Company had done similar development work in China.

Anonymous said...

NEEL SHARMA IS ENEMY OF NAND -NABUA PHARMACY AND MISSION TO CLOSE HIM DONE- ALL PHARMACIES HE GOT.

TAKING BRIBES FROM FEW PHARMACY OWNERS- HAS SHARES IN THEM GETTING CUT.

Anonymous said...

THE JUNTA PREACHED IN 2006-CLEAN UP CAMPAIN- TRANSPARENCY, JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS, RULE OF LAW, GOOD GOVERNANCE, ANTI CORRUPTION.

THE JUNTA A GANG OF DOZEN THUGS HAVE LOST THE PLOT.

NOW THE JUNTA DO THE CLEAN UP OF FIJI STATE FUNDS-FILL POCKET- THEN RUN.

MASSIVE CORRUPTION IS THE TRUTH.

Anonymous said...

I was in the meeting whem PRIME MINISTER gave clear instructions that NO business to close and heads would roll if he hears of any more business closing ,National Planning and Firca heads know this very well,so why targeted business are told to close by MINISTER FOR HEALTH OR UNHEALTHY MINISTER

Anonymous said...

Major Jioji Mara was right all this while when he said Minister Sharma stinks of corruption ,at that time AZIZ saved him ,who will save him now .Major Mara will have the last laugh when Dewan takes his Kidney foundation machines away .Neel wanted to control that so can make few bucks with suppliers and Dewan who sits with PM in Charter meetings put his foot down,and told Neel piss off

Anonymous said...

Rohit Rambessar of Samabula Pharmacy now also a chicken farmer lost the election for presidency at the Fiji Pharmacy Association AGM,He is just taking revenge from all who did not vote for him .GADU thats why no women in his life only Neel darling

Anonymous said...

I had applied to set up a manufacturing plant under licence from a reputable company in Ireland to press tablets and pack for Fiji and Pacific islands,thats when i met Mr Rambessar at Government FPS and he told me if i could give him shares of 20% and approval would be no problem,we went to PNG and set up a plant there which is already supplying to Australia and pacific.Fiji still has corrupt officials and business is hard by not letting them in or giving bribes
James

Anonymous said...

When Dr Sharma was in private practise he was stopped from using CWM facilites by Dr Mary Schramm because he was found STEALING hospital supplies and medication.older doctors will have more stories ,thats the reason Wahid and Sharma do not like her DR SCHRAMM

Anonymous said...

Just saw Himmat Lodhia buying a sympathy card,is INOKE KUBOABOLA DEAD.

Anonymous said...

What a shambles!
What a display of leadership from Voreqe ie none at all.
What a total failure.
All we can see here is the big thief Voreqe attracting thieves from America and from England. Not forgetting the ones from India (FSC) and the thieves from China and Malaysia etc etc.
What pot of shit he has cooked up!
He has totally lost the plot. No control whatsoever.
Cava tale ni se waraka tu na sotia?
Ni sega ni madua ni mai vakarusa tu va qo na nomuni vanua na tamata qo.
Levu ga nona mai lasutaki kemuni tu. Ia ni se vakamuri koya wavoki tu ga.
Leqa gona ni sa sega tu na lotu. Ni sa sega tu ni kila se cava na dina se cava na ka dodonu. Ka ga sa tukuna tu mai o Voreqe ni sa mai vakamuria tu.
Sa sega ni nomuni Kalou o Jisu. Sa nomuni Kalou o Voreqe. Ka ga sa tukuna o koya ni sa vakamuria tu.
Vakaraitaka tu ya na lala ni qavokavoka.

-Valataka na Dina.

ex Fiji tourist said...

Qantas must explain Fiji decree - ACTU

From: AAP September 30, 2011 3:40PM

UNIONS have stepped up calls for Qantas to clarify its role in allegations its Fijian affiliate airline helped draft a decree dismantling workers' rights in the Pacific nation.

Qantas has a 46 per cent share in Air Pacific, which documents leaked to a blogging website show paid a US legal firm $US24,000 ($24,632) to draft a government decree limiting union influence in Fiji.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said today Australians had a right to know what Qantas knows about Air Pacific's involvement in drafting Fiji's new Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree, which she warned effectively outlawed unions.

The essential industries decree was revealed by the Fijian regime earlier this month and has deeply disappointed local and international unions and human rights organisations, which say it violates international conventions.

It severely limits the ability of workers to protest unfair conditions without a permit, and unions can be fined up to US$56,000 for encouraging any illegal behaviour.



All strikes, slowdowns, industrial action, overtime payments, and union representation in collective bargaining are banned under the decree declared on Friday, the ACTU said.

"Qantas owns almost half of Air Pacific and has two appointments to the Fijian airline's board," Ms Kearney said.

"So the airline should explain what its involvement was in the development of the decree, which has stripped Fijian workers, including Air Pacific employees, of their basic rights.

"If Qantas has nothing to hide, then it has no reason not to explain itself."

Anonymous said...

nil sharma was an incompetent good for nothing doctor-always had his eyes on nurses.He is a gyanae-uses his dirty fingers a lot-poor people suffering because of him.he thinks he owns the hospitals.knows nothing about medicine--ask any doctor about him.

Keep The Faith said...

Well Andy Cook has been sprung here with his hand clearly in the cookie jar.

His attempt to deny this evidence should be entertaining.

Anonymous said...

First it was the chat room on the left side, then twitter, and now BOOKS of interest.

Awesome. Thank you C4.5. Absolutely great.

Fourth Estate said...

Same story but Sydney Morning Herald running it as well: Good bluddy publicity for the fight against corruption in Fiji!

Qantas must explain Fiji decree: ACTU September 30, 2011 - 2:24PM
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AAP

Unions have stepped up calls for Qantas to clarify its role in allegations its Fijian affiliate airline helped draft a decree dismantling workers' rights in the Pacific nation.

Qantas has a 46 per cent share in Air Pacific, which documents leaked to a blogging website show paid a US legal firm $US24,000 ($A24,632) to draft a government decree limiting union influence in Fiji.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said on Friday Australians had a right to know what Qantas knows about Air Pacific's involvement in drafting Fiji's new Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree, which she warned effectively outlawed unions.

The essential industries decree was revealed by the Fijian regime earlier this month and has deeply disappointed local and international unions and human rights organisations, which say it violates international conventions.

It severely limits the ability of workers to protest unfair conditions without a permit, and unions can be fined up to US$56,000 for encouraging any illegal behaviour.

All strikes, slowdowns, industrial action, overtime payments, and union representation in collective bargaining are banned under the decree declared on Friday, the ACTU said.

"Qantas owns almost half of Air Pacific and has two appointments to the Fijian airline's board," Ms Kearney said.

"So the airline should explain what its involvement was in the development of the decree, which has stripped Fijian workers, including Air Pacific employees, of their basic rights.

"If Qantas has nothing to hide, then it has no reason not to explain itself."

Federal Pacific Island affairs parliamentary secretary Richard Marles echoed the union's call for Qantas to explain, labelling the Fiji decree a disgrace.

"Qantas's engagement in Fiji is obviously a matter for Qantas, they're a private company, but I think all Australians and Australian businesses that are engaging in Fiji need to be exercising their own judgment about whether or not their actions benefit the people of Fiji," Mr Marles told ABC Radio on Friday.

"In this circumstance, I think it is completely appropriate that the Australian public hears from Qantas an explanation for how they've exercised their judgment in this case around the essential industries decree."

A Qantas spokesman later told AAP the airline had no comment other than: "Qantas is a minority shareholder in Air Pacific and we have no involvement in the day-to-day running of the airline."

© 2011 AAP

Anonymous said...

Wonder what Victor Lal will have to say as he did the story to try and exonerate Andy Cook. I think for starters they must be buddies otherwise Victor would have thoroughly researched Cook's background just like he did for the mahogany scandal.

This proves Fiji's regime and its supporters are shit kings - nothing else.

Peter F said...

What we see here is a common feature of a modern day dictatorship: The smell of rot, oppression and regime brutality signals to international mercenaries such as Cook, Pflieger, Pryde, Smith, Gates etc that a quick buck can be made at the expense of a poor and downtrodden people. A regime that is driven only by the boundless greed of its leaders creates the perfect ecosystem for wannabe business people who have failed elsewhere. If a complete moron such as Bainimarama calls the shots, it is extremely unlikely that reputable and honest expats are attracted to Fiji. To the contrary, in the last five years we have seen a steady replacement of honest businesspeople with the Peter Foster type.

Anonymous said...

Minister of health needs to rethink his selfish actions as he is affecting his family.His son forced to fly domestically as he can't get visas for overseas.A promising career cut short because of the sins of his father.Stop thinking about yourself for once Doc.And what's this s#$t about not displaying healthy babies on formula cans?do you not have a clue that some women cannot breast feed and sometimes babies just don't take to breast feeding?where the hell will you be when these babies are crying out of hunger at night?you don't know about all this because you are a useless f#$king doctor who just like some in power pretend they know it all when really they don't.As for Adrian Sofield.....he had his registration revoked from the architecture board for bribing some mayor yet he is now head of Rewa Dairy hahahaha what a load of s#%t!!! Don't worry,it will all catch up to you and when it does,run for your lives!

Anonymous said...

Any illegal government would welcome any kind of help from the outside world at any cost (bad luck to the tax payers). This would live them vulnerable to crooks and even murderers from any where in the world and for as long as they claim to have a genuine cause and can help the illegal regime they will take the bait and who cares about the background check.

There is no accountability, morality, honesty and all in this kind of leadership. What the illegal PM says goes, take it or live it.

Taukei. said...

Gee - a self serving offshore consultant who lies - big revelation - not.

Anonymous said...

Hot gossip. ASK screwing Morica Hunter from FBC staff. Wife pregnant and will leave after giving birth.

Anonymous said...

Andy Cook is cooked.

Anonymous said...

FIJI IS BURNING! FIJI IS BURNING! FIRE FIRE! FIRE FIRE ! GO AND FETCH ME SOME WATERS! UMMMMM! UMMMM! SING JAILHOUSE ROCK!! UMMMMM! UMMMM!

TM

Anonymous said...

@TM You sound like the people from that village in Savusavu. Their damola near the beach caught fire and all they did was yell "Fire Fire". Did nothing until no more damola left.Sonaua.

All shook up said...

So we Andy Cook who is a labour expert from the UK which is a EU country and Dave Pfliegee from the US, the nation that upholds democracy eh. Who else is dirty behind the scenes now could be the time to shake them loose

Anonymous said...

@ ANON 12:15 PM. HOW ABOUT TRY MY DAMOLA FROM SAVUSAVU BY PULLING YOUR PANTS DOWN AND LET ME WORK ON ARSE AND SEE IF YOU COULD PUT THE FIRE OUT. I BET YOU YOU WONT FETHCH ME SOME WATERS!UMMMM! UMMMMM! YOU LIKE IT!!!?

TM

Anonymous said...

@TM interesting you could have answered that argument in a thousand different ways. But your answer shows your preocupation with the rear end.May be your relatives didn't clear your sala ni tavioka properly.
That's the trouble with stepping from school.

Anonymous said...

@ 12:15 I see no difference between the ppl in Savusavu and the ppl here.
Fiji is burning and no one is brave enough to be the water all everyone is doing is yelling "fire fire"
Is everyone waiting until the damola or in this case COUNTRY is leveled?
Sadly it looks like it