Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Fiji Union leaders pushing for sanctions against Fiji represent the old ways and do not want a modern Fiji says Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
He told FBC News there used to be an unholy alliance between certain trade union officials and previous governments.
Sayed-Khaiyum says the union leaders would make public posturing on workers rights but would actually do deals for elections and such.
He referred to an incident in 2007 when the Fiji Public Service Association took various actions against the current government for lowering the retirement age.
Sayed-Khaiyum claims Felix Anthony approached him then and asked him to speak to FPSA general secretary Rajeshwar Singh to find an amicable solution.
He says the three met at a Suva coffee shop.
“I said to Rajeshwar Singh, why are you pursuing an appeal in the Supreme Court because in law we were correct, the government was correct, and he said to me, AG look – I have to go through this posturing. I know you are right, I know government is right, but this is the posturing I have to go through to please my members. So I will bring in a QC, so I will look good and it will seem like I am doing something for them. This is a fact.”
Sayed-Khaiyum adds union leaders have taken their members for a ride.
“What that demonstrated was that the unions for them was a means for not just self-aggrandisement but a means of living a fake system of employer-employee relationships. Squandering the money of the members – while driving a BMW X5.”
FBC News could not obtain a comment from Anthony and Singh as both are currently away overseas.
Anthony has told overseas media that he was beaten up by Fijian security personnel however Sayed-Khaiyum says he should have reported the matter to Police.
Report by: Stanley Simpson
July 19, 2011
Khaiyum resorts to hearsay to trash union leaders
So intense is the illegal and treasonous Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's desperation to undo the threats made by unions in Australia and New Zealand, he is now not above nut-crunching blows and hearsay to attack union leaders on their credibility and sincerity.
Once again the self-righteous allegations of "posturing" ring very hollow.
Here's a clue Khaiyum. Everyone is good at posturing when the occasion calls for it. You might even want to check those who you surround yourself with and whip out your "posturing-detector" for good measure because you never know who will cross the floor next.
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