There is no draconian labour laws in Fiji-AG
Publish date/time: 20/07/2011 [07:45]
The Fiji government stresses that it has not implemented any draconian laws in the country that has violated workers rights.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said trade unionists like Felix Anthony and others have been making these claims in Australia to gather support for the Australian trade union sanctions against Fiji.
Sayed-Khaiyum is calling on the trade unions in Australia and New Zealand to properly assess what is happening in Fiji and not just listen to the trade unionists like Felix Anthony, Daniel Urai and Rajeshwar Singh.
Anthony, Urai and Singh have met with the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Transport Workers Union of Australia and reports have emerged that they have asked the Australian unions to impose trade union sanctions.
Sayed-Khaiyum said the trade unionists need to think of the nation as a whole when the proposed reforms are put on the table.
Anthony, Urai and Singh are still overseas.
Meanwhile in response to recent comments by the Australian Transport Workers Union to boycott tourism and flights to Fiji, Tourism Fiji CEO Josefa Tuamoto said any industrial action that adversely impacts tourism in Fiji would be devastating to the country and all of its citizens, and not just tourism workers.
Tuamoto said tourism is responsible for employing some 45,000 full-time workers and the benefits derived from visitor arrivals go far beyond the workforce and affect the day to day living of each and every Fijian man, woman and child.
Story by: Vijay Narayan