Critical industries legislation nothing new says Fiji’s interim Attorney General
Posted at 03:55 on 20 July, 2011 UTC
Fiji’s interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says legislation governing union activity in critical industries is nothing new.
Senior union officials have been campaigning abroad about increasing curbs on unions in Fiji including plans to exclude them from representing workers in critical industries like the airline sector.
A draft decree on vital industries has been circulating, adding to fears of Fiji and overseas workers rights’ organisations that the regime wants to smash the power of unions.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was asked about the union officials’ campaign and whether any such decree was in the offing.
“Time will tell but the point is if there is going to be a decree they are not telling you that under the old trade disputes act there were numerous industries that were marked as critical industries for example tourism, the nursing services, the police services. Why didn’t they go out campaigning then?”
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says if a new law is introduced it should be looked at on its merits.
July 20, 2011
Khaiyum back-tracks yet again
Just this morning, the illegal and treasonous Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum claimed that there were "no draconian laws in the country that has violated workers rights".
It appears that is now forced to face up to this atrocious fib as many had actually sighted the draft (and indeed Ratu Tevita Mara's recent speech in Australia cites two illegal and treasonous decrees, the "Vital National Industries Decree" and the "Critical Industries in Financial Distress Protection Decree"), which forces Khaiyum to back-track and try and gloss over his booboo.
Even then he has the gall to tell people that their decree's "should be looked on at its merits".