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Thursday, September 22, 2011

UK consultant disassociates himself from Air Pacific and David Pflieger

Industrial relations consultant denies acting for David Pflieger’s Air Pacific to counter ILO attack on Essential Industries Decree

By Victor Lal

Andy Cook, a London based industrial relations consultant allegedly hired by Air Pacific CEO David Pflieger to help enforce the draconian Essential Industries Decree has disassociated himself from the contents of a letter that Pflieger had written to the illegal Bainimarama-Khaiyum regime.

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, Coupfourpointfive had published a copy of a letter from Pflieger to the illegal regime, which stated as follows: “30 August 2011 - TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I confirm that Air Pacific Limited, a limited liability company of Fiji, in which the majority shares are owned by the Fiji Government, has retained Marshall-James of Kent House, Upper Mulgrave Road, Cheam, Surrey, UK, 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. Yours sincerely, David H. Pflieger, Jr.”

However, Andy Cook, founder and chief executive officer of Marshall-James, says he is not currently working in any capacity on anything related to Fiji or Fijian employers. If anything, he supports the rights of organized labour, and is urging the Fiji regime to adopt a policy of engaging with the International Union Movement and the ILO. According to Cook’s statement:

(1)   I support the rights of organised labour. I believe wholeheartedly in the value of Trade Unions;
(2)   I have not been engaged by Air Pacific or the Fijian Government to support or help implement the Essential Industries Decree;
(3)   As a Labour Relations Specialist, I get asked to look at many different scenarios and situations. Having been asked my opinion, 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. This is very important for all concerned. If there is a desire for engagement, then I am willing to play a part in making that happen.
(4)   Lastly, I confirm that I am not currently working in any capacity on anything related to Fiji or Fijian Employers.

Andy Cook is a veteran British trade unionist and was a union officer before founding his own industrial

18 comments:

mark manning said...

The Regime is full of compulsive liars !

Smell the Coffe said...

As I've always said, the KaiValagi (including indians) for Fiji is their mantra. They want the iTaukei removed. Smell the coffee people. Arise Fiji Arise! s) for Fiji is their mantra. They want the iTaukei removed. Smell the coffee people. Arise Fiji Arise!

Tevita Kiwi said...

There is a group of kaiindia in Auckland lead by John Sami and Shashe Mahendra Singh doing a lobby dinner for the New Zealand Act Party to lift all the senscations against Fiji. We need too see who all goes to this function and we will teach all this Kaiindia's some lessons. It's true Fiji is for only us!

Ateca. V said...

So Phuleger was lying (BLATANT)?

Anonymous said...

Posted at 06:29 on 22 September, 2011 UTC

The head of Fiji’s Trades Union Congress says the apparent drafting of an employment decree by a New York law firm at the request of an airline chief may be a first for Fiji.

His comments follow the leak of the firm’s itemised 24,000 US dollar invoice for three months work to the coupfourpointfive blog.

The documents show Air Pacific’s CEO, David Pflieger, commissioned the Essential National Industries Employment Decree from the US legal firm, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy earlier this year.

Felix Anthony says private companies have no role in writing laws, which should be properly considered by an elected government.

Mr Anthony says the move is extremely unethical and warrants Mr Pflieger’s immediate dismissal.

“This is probably the first time in Fiji’s history that we have had lawyers sitting on the other side of the world drafting decrees or laws that would affect the people of Fiji. This only clearly demonstrates the dictatorial nature of the government in Fiji. And the fact that there is absolutely no accountability or transparency in this process.”

Mr Anthony says there has been no consultation with the people in Fiji, nor with the workers of Fiji.

The decree has been widely criticised, including by the International Labour Organisation.

The interim regime has refused to comment about its role in procuring the decree for which Air Pacific was billed at an hourly rate of just under 1,000 US dollars.

Air Pacific has declined to comment while its minority stake holder, Qantas of Australia, says it wants no involvement in the matter, adding that Air Pacific runs a separate operation.

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UDRE said...

Its not right time for election until 2020 , so much things we acn see now , not by media but by C2.5

UDRE

Anonymous said...

LIARS...........LIARS........LIARS!!!

What we are witnessing is the domino effects of the bainimarama LIARS!!! IDIOT!!!

Anonymous said...

Writing to ILO about Andy Cook.

Anonymous said...

Election not until 2020

Anonymous said...

Smell the coffee, you racist SOB. Easy to say all that from far away. In fiji all races are working together to remove the dictators. Least you can do is not saw seeds of discord.

Vanua. said...

Gee Andy that was some statement - desperate for work eh? Suggest try Lowy Ins - their always on the lookout for people like you.

Vanua. said...

PS Andy.

Always keep in mind the fate of the last Cook who meddled in Pacific affairs.

Anonymous said...

FIJI IS BURNING! FIJI IS BURNING! FIRE FIRE! FIRE FIRE! GO AND FETCH ME SOME WATERS! UMMMMM! UMMMMM!

TM

Anonymous said...

One must read between the lines in Andy Cook’s statement. “He says he has not been engaged by Air Pacific or the Fijian Government to support or help implement the Essential Industries Decree.” May be half correct though he was engaged to help lobby non-governmental organisations in support of Air Pacifics decree based measures. Further doubts? Marshall James was paid US$33,000 by Air Pacific in consulting fees in September…

AV

Anonymous said...

Dave Pfliger start packing up......u r f....d now.....David Voss is after you as well and so is Pardhuman Raniga....

Vanua. said...

Only paid US$33.000?
Can only conclude 2 things? He works cheap - never heard of FSC & The Bank.

Vanua. said...

Can someone please tell that person on this blog who's arse appears constantly on fire that they go & get their own f*****g water.

Vinaka.

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