|i-taukei designs: campaign pic|
Is Air Pacific aka Fiji Airways making another greedy grab?
It looks like it is.
The national airline, under the hands of CEO David Pflieger and Tourism Minister, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, siphoned FNPF dollars into the airline last year, propping up its profit margins to make its books look good, despite the fact it had been losing huge sums of money.
The duo had before then hatched the vicious Essential National Industries Decree, which robbed both workers and the union movement of rights.
The company is now trying to patent traditional i-taukei designs for its own exclusive use.
A number of Fiji people are against the idea and have started a campaign on Facebook to stop Air Pacific getting exclusive rights to the designs for commercial purposes.
Many of those already voicing their outrage are women who say the airline has no right to patent the designs, which were created by Fiji women and which they use today for masi and other decorations.
Full letter can be seen at the top of the C4.5 blog under or via the following links: