#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Unions threaten to lobby Aust and NZ govts not to fund Fiji elections

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Unions threaten to lobby Aust and NZ govts not to fund Fiji elections

Top unions from Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand say they will pressure their governments to withdraw financial and technical support for the 2014 elections if the Fiji regime can't show the elections will be fair and free.
 
The ACTU, Trades Union Congress and New Zealand Council of Trade Unions have all written to their governments warning next year’s elections will be a sham unless international efforts are stepped up to restore democracy.

It comes as the Australian Aid Minister Counsellor Pacific, John Davidson, tells Fiji media that Australia has not yet decided on election funding for 2014 but remains committed to supporting 'credible steps' towards elections and the return of democracy. (FijiLive May 23)

Both New Zealand and Australian chipped in a significant sum for the Constitutional reforms but the draft of the five member Constitution was dumped by the regime, who went on to come up with its own draft.



The union's promised action also follows the success of its workers rights campaign, urging tourists to think twice about holidaying in Fiji.

More than five thousand people (two thousand of them from Australia), have sent emails to their governments and the Fiji regime as part of the international online and social media campaign to highlight the abuse of worker and human rights.

In a statement released today, the unions say the military dictatorship has gone backwards from its pledges.

In a letter, jointly signed by ACTU President Ged Kearney, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and CTU Secretary Peter Conway, the unions say it's time for more pressure.
 
“The regime has made it clear that it has no intent to play by the rules,” the letter says. “It has made a mockery of the constitutional reform process, has eliminated much of the political opposition, [and] will re-impose draconian decrees that limit speech and assembly.”



Ged Kearney says crunch time is approaching for Australia to take real and effective action if a framework for democracy and fundamental rights are not restored by September, saying people could back the union lobby by taking part in the Destination Fiji campaign.



“Behind the image of a beautiful tropical paradise, the reality for Fijian workers is falling living standards and widespread poverty that has worsened because of the crackdown on labour rights by the Bainimarama military regime.

"We need to tell our governments that they can do more to influence real change and help ordinary Fijians get their paradise back.”
 
The General Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Felix Anthony says the campaign is about delivering respect and justice for Fiji workers.


“We believe this campaign adds another element to the long struggle of the Fijian people to end the military dictatorship which harms the human rights of our people - and to deliver a transparent and democratic Fiji for our children and grandchildren."

The Destination Fiji: A Vacation from Workers’ Rights, which has angered the Fiji regime, has received wide coverage ranging from the Times magazine to a German youth magazine Junge Welt (http://www.jungewelt.de/2013/05-22/039.php).

The unions are aiming for 10 thousand emails by June 8, the scheduled date for the newly-branded Fiji Airways' first flight to Sydney.

Coming up: update on Fiji TV ban

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

How strong are the unions in these countries compared with the 1980s and 90s?

The reality is that nothing much will happen as they are just making noises.

Felix, attar and Dan will be happy but the end reasult is what will achieve? If it was 6 years ago yes, let's not hope for miracles here.

Anonymous said...

Rajen naidu, masipolo for MPC and FLP, can you pls also write a few post about your chor leader and his unethical ways.

U are blinded by his godly ways.

Anonymous said...

The unions can only make disruptions to economy. Liberals will shut up Unions in Aust in Sept.
As for trade in unions in Fiji, they are are full of crooks - MC,Aktar Singh and noteably all Indians !,
The aid for election has already been ecive.
We are all waiting to see Bains govt in power next year with all chiefs supplied with Kava to drink at home!

Anonymous said...

Bai keep-up the fight to keep the
Kangaroo in Aussi?
We don't need this animal in our small islands as
it's mighty sleek, and liable to boxed you in the ears?
Keep the KIWI in New Zealand in the dark, as well,
cause that's what
he likes, to live in the dark and likes to hide from the light!
Bad
combination and here we are, just
trying to live our lives as best as
we could?
So go on keep up the good fight????

Anonymous said...

There's no such thing as a "good fight" when it comes to Bainimarama.

He fights dirty, and he foghts for his personal interests only.

Anonymous said...

Fiji will not take election funding from Australia and New Zealand anyway. Aus and NZ trying to gain some points in Fiji's true democracy but can't because they are being shut out. Fiji will show them that we can do it on our own with our MSG brothers without the now Aus and NZ forum. It is no longer the pacific island forum because it is dominated by the two white countries who have trodden on their indeginous races. Fiji doesn't need Aus and NZ and their unions can bark all the want and nobody iin Fiji will give two hoots except has been unionists and Micky Fat Mouse Beddoes.

Anonymous said...

We see that once again over the weekend C4.5 has become the pulpit for the Rajend Naidu negativity crusade.

It is becoming more and more apparent that not only does this guy never have anything original or constructive to say but he's getting increasingly upset that some others are not as negative as him.

He now scours not only the world online press but the letters columns in the dailies to find snippets and try and personally publicly discredit others.

Some will say that his tirade over this weekend is on a par with two women fighting with handbags at dawn.

Personally, I think there's more to it and he is actually a well paid supporter of the present government and whose task is to show that there are only two types of objectors, the idiots and the professional whingers.

Anonymous said...

Fiji is doomed like Greece .Rich getting richer .poor getting pooer.
union should have done this in 2006 dec.

Anonymous said...

National Strike is needed is Fiji Now.

thank you unions said...

Past is past now is now...If these unions can make themselves useful, hurrah hurrah.

Fiji needs all the help it needs.

Regime is funnelling hundreds of thousands into regime doctors to make it look busy and effective.

Unfortunately we the people only have ourselves, blogs, facebook, the ngos and unions.

Anonymous said...

United Force is needed than ever to strike for few days to get real freedom and democracy .
Election cannot be free and fair under illegal constitution.
Strike Now all leaders needed to be united.

Anonymous said...

The chief register is funding all free trips to his Sri Lankan buddies for visiting their families back in Sri Lanka at Fiji taxpayers money....the magistrate in Nadi Tushara Ragasinga has made 2 trips already this year and right now his in Sri Lanka again visiting his family. All his trips are paid by the thief register who looks like kid but is robbing Fiji.Kill all the foreign judges and get

Anonymous said...

khaiyum is controlling fiji people with his decree.next move will force islam like he did with his mullaha cleric .muslim brotherhood have been placed in key govt job /board.
Fijian have to stop it now before fiji will face the same fate like what jihadis doing in the world today.

Mika Reba said...

Talk as you may but the fact remains, Fiji is going to elections in 2014, with or without your so called high end Aussie and Kiwi help. In fact, Fiji doesn't even need your support, its' been doing fine these past six years and will do even better in the future.

As to the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer, wake up man, have your really really looked at the stats concerning the distribution of wealth in this country, compare that to Aust and NZ and you'll find that Fiji spends more on its people. Stop spreading lies, Fiji will prevail because it ain't Greece, we have always prevailed.

BC said...

Australia (Bob Carr) and NZ have already given money in the past for the Constitution/Election blah blah blah but the Arsehole Bai, true to his nature CONNED them and has stolen the money.

Of course Australia and NZ should NOT give any more money.

Lets see what this idiot Bainisona will do.
Lets not forget this farkhead saying he was bringing in the "Look North Policy".

His Northern friends have deserted him. He looks North and all he can see is a big arsehole winking at him.
The Chinese are not stupid like him.

So far he has looked North and the only money coming in is from the Chinese Mafia.
The arsehole looked North and what did he see?
An even bigger Arsehole staring back at him.

THE DAY NZ & AUSTRALIA WITHDRAW ALL SUPPORT; THAT WILL BE THE DAY BAI WILL BE KILLED BY HIS OWN SOLDIERS.

So much money comes in from these two countries compared to what comes from China.
Just think of all the Fijians sending money from Australia and NZ; think of all the tourists; think of all the aid in $millions.
Shut it all down then you'll see the fun. Bai will start crying like a baby.
Even now when they discourage Australian tourists from coming to Fiji, Bai starts throwing a tantrum.
What a dickhead! I don't think any of this gets into that dumbass brain.

THERE IS ONLY 2 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE ANY SENSE TO BAI.
ONE IS TO TURN OFF THE TAP.IE The money tap.
THE SECOND WAY IS THE ONLY WAY THAT ALL BULLIES UNDERSTAND and for that please contact my friend Dakuwaqa @ hushmail.

BC said...

@Mika Reba
I don't know where you are blogging from , because you are obviously not aware of the facts.
YOU FARKING DICKHEAD. YOU SAID "look at the stats".
DID YOU LOOK AT THE STATS YOURSELF DICHEAD?
The governments own statistics has shown that poverty has increased in Fiji upto 45-60% of the population are now living below the poverty line compared to below 30% in 2006

DON'T COME HERE AND SHOW US YOUR IGNORANCE YOU FARKING LYING BITCH.
CRAWL BACK UNDER THE ROCK WHERE YOU CAME FROM YOU BLIND ARSEHOLE!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone confirm..?

Yesterday when I looked at this story on FijiLive, more than two thousand people had liked it.

That's right it was something like 2,600..

What does this tell us - ???

It's telling the world that Fijians like the idea of Australia pulling its funding for the regime's 2014 elections.

BC said...

@Mika Reba I don't know where you are blogging from , because you are obviously not aware of the facts. YOU SAID "look at the stats". DID YOU LOOK AT THE STATS YOURSELF? The governments own statistics has shown that poverty has increased in Fiji upto 45-60% of the population are now living below the poverty line compared to below 30% in 2006 DON'T COME HERE AND SHOW US YOUR IGNORANCE. CRAWL BACK UNDER THE ROCK WHERE YOU CAME FROM!

Anonymous said...

Ha.. ha.. this is really funny, Mika Reba really gets it from BC... LOL... Just a word to Mika Reba... open you eyes... dont rely on stats... look around u... what do u see??? yeah can u see what BC was saying whic include uas one of them... Lai Moce Mika Daliga Reba

Kaivitimakawa said...

Well AF and MC and co now you realise the beast you so called gotten into be with in 2006 - remember that?. You lot deserve all the treatment you getting now, Fiji workers dont need your fair weather politics, you should have stood your line from the word go and not acquiesce like an old fart you are.

Anonymous said...

LET'S ALL GO ON STRIKE
IF THE ARMY LOCKS US Up
HOW CAN THE PRISONS CONTAIN US
BOTH IN NUMBERS AND FINANCIALLY
COME ON PEOPLE OF FIJI
TOGETHER WE CAN
WE'LL FILL UP THE ARMY CELLS
WE'LL FILL UP NABORO, KOROVOU
THESE ARE SMALL PRISONS!!!
WE STAND BY THE THOUSANDS!!!
WE ARE ABLE TO ATTRACT THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA!!! EVEN THE UN!!!
WE'LL SEND A STERN MSG!!!

Anonymous said...

How strong are these unions, strong enough to bring the Fijian economy to a stand still.

Anonymous said...

What do mean anon 6:15, Banimarama is a begger.

Anonymous said...

THERE WILL BE NO ELECTION TOMORROW IS PROMISES TO NO ONE AND NOT EVEN THE BALLET BOX...
PEOPLE GET READY DAYS OF HONORING YOURSELF WILL SOON COME TO AN END..JUSTICE SHALL ALL COME TO US ONE DAY EITHER IN THIS LIFE OR THE NEXT>>>

Anonymous said...

Really my friend.

You must be in hibernation. Get real.

Anonymous said...

Fiji's "true democracy". What a joke!

That's like saying that Athens only had true democracy under the dictator Pisistrathus.

How is the New Fiji a true democracy, or a democracy at all?

Anonymous said...

The rape of workers' rights is very, very evident in the FEA I am reliably told. Both Husmukh Patel [CEO] and Nizam Ud Dean [CEO] have not only taken advantage of the present political climate, they have also ensured that the Employment Decree is used to their advantage. Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY is forced to work under 3 year contracts that are tailor made to the whims and pleasure. It is "Take it or leave it" or it is their "Highway or the highway" for the workers.
The end result? People are leaving in search of greener pastures, not only overseas BUT locally!! Yes locally! In the good old days people wanted to join the FEA, but now people are leaving the FEA. Word has it that at LEAST 12, yes, 12 staff from Kinoya resigned lately for other greener pastures.
The same is happenning in Navutu, Lautoka on a weekly basis.
There is now no incentive to work for the FEA.
I hope, for the sake of the nation and the FEA, that the Government starts asking these two people some hard and truthful questions. Highly qualified and professional people are leaving FEA at an alarming rate that I hate to imagine what would happen should a natural disaster hit us. It certainly would really be a disaster!!
Morale, I am told is at an ALL TIME low in the FEA and the general feeling amongst the staff is that both Patel and Dean must go!!

Anonymous said...

Nizam Ud Dean is the 'Chairman' of the FEA and a former CEO who had this "DO NOTHING POLICY' WHILST CEO AND AGAIN NOW AS CHAIRMAN.
The pair of them are sacrificing regular maintenance work to the FEA infrastructure as opposed to showing the ILLEGAL Government how much paisa they are instead saving!!
Something is going to give, and Be rest assured, the FEA infrastructure is GOING TO GIVE!!
THEN, it will be fire fighting mode at GREAT expense to the Nation!!

Anonymous said...

Word has it from the FEA staff that the FEA CEO, Husmukh Patel has this "thing" going with his Audit Risk Manager who is a single lady by taking her to visits in the West, Vanua Levu and Levuka.!!
Senior people who are supposed to be taken on these trips are sidelined for her to go instead!! I wonder why??
Maybe the PM's office should investigate the matter!!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 7:03 PM

The fact that 'highly qualified and professional people' (your words) are leaving FEA for greener pastures in Fiji could be a sign that good jobs are out there for those that are qualified.

It's also good news for our youth as this will promote vacancies for those with the necessary aptitude in the field.

FEA like many other institutions is having to improve its efficiency to keep our electric bills down.

As for disasters, no company can resource itself to cater for all occurrences unless of course everyone wants to pay higher bills.

As someone that now has electricity for almost 100% of the week when last year it was around 85% I can only say that their efficiency has improved.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Anon 7;03pm.
I tell you this - Never, Never in the history of the FEA have people left in large numbers!!

Anonymous said...

People have been leaving fiji for ages and it accelerated after 87 coup.

A kailoma collague of mine whose father worked for FEa told me once that Nizam ud din (chairman and former CEO) is one of the smartest engineer his father had worked for.

Let's not use to blog to score political mileage for something that is not worth the ink.

As for 3 year contracts, that's the way the world is going. If you don't perform, you have to ship out. If u perform, you get good pay rise and bonus.

Finally, I checked with my source and the resignation of the wireman is because they all are going to NZ.

Anonymous said...

All those who say we should go on national strike, I totally agree.

However, can you pls be the first one to picket at sukuna park. If you have the balls, pls lead us from the front not like lamusona BC, rajesh singh, rajendra chaudary, rajend tatti naidu.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 8:40
Can you please come and lead us.
Tell us your name please.
You are right, we are all tired of lamusona people.

Anonymous said...

Anno 10.05am

Sorry, I was being sacastic about our so called lamusona leaders. They speak from afar and and from behind without showing their face.

If they are there for their self interest than we need to be careful who we choose in 2014.

Anonymous said...

We won't have a choice in 2014. Bainimarama will see to that.

Anonymous said...

To you Anon 23/05-8:36pm:
I used to work and held a very, very responsible position in the FEA, and am now overseas. Thank God!!
Sam Dean was never ever "one of the smartest engineers"!! I know! I worked under him at the time!
He was scared dead to take risks, he never had the capacity, nor does he still have it to 'think outside of the box'
He, the FEA BOARD and Hasmukh Patel,
I am told by a Fijian friend cannot make up their minds and take the plunge by deciding what the next step : Wailoa Downstream Project,Qaliwana Project, Navala Project to name a few!!
The Nadarivatu Hydro Scheme were the brainchild of Joe Marr [FEA Chairman at the time] and Rokoseru Nabalarua [CEO at the time]!!

Anonymous said...

On Union issues in NZ & Aust, only union members should comment because we pay union fees. Therefore, we do not wish to see our fellow union members in Fiji & relatives surfer from any Union action by Aust & NZ. The Union organisations is for workers welfare, not for someone to gain some political mileage.

So for Aust & NZ, we do not want any action from our Unions that will basically require us to remit additional somes of money to our friends & relatives because of job redundancy.

Anonymous said...

yes mika brother, Fiji has always prevailed because of the good hearts of the Australians, kiwis, poms, americans, Europeans and other kaivalagis.nnot from the Fijians own sweaty armpits.