Fiji Union leaders on self preservation mission: (illegal and treasonous) AG
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Fiji Union leaders who have called on their Australian and NZ counterparts to enforce travel bans and boycotts of flights to Fiji – are only doing so for their self preservation says Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Sayed-Khaiyum says union leaders who initially supported the current government to further their careers are portraying a false picture of the ground realities in Fiji - to suit their personal agendas.
The Attorney General says it is unfortunate that Australia and NZ unions are relying on representations by people such as Felix Anthony who have used unions for their own benefit.
He adds that union leaders like Felix Anthony, Rajeshwar Singh, Pramod Rae, Attar Singh and Daniel Urai have held on to their positions for a number of years as a career path for them.
Sayed-Khaiyum told FBC News that Rajeshwar Singh drives a BMW X5 which costs in excess of $200,000 while Anthony drives a loaded Prado.
He says the reality is that unions exist in government run institutions – but have ignored where exploitation has been taking place – such as security guards and the retail sectors.
He pointed out that the sanctions being promoted by union leaders like Anthony and Urai will not just affect hotel rooms but grassroots people such as the group of village women selling handicraft, taxi drivers, security guards, gardeners and numerous other ordinary people in the industry.
Sayed-Khaiyum says the union leaders do not have Fiji at heart, and are in it for their own self fulfilment and protection.
Report by: Stanley Simpson
July 19, 2011
Khaiyum self-righteously lambasts union officials
The illegal and treasonous Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum finds himself under the pump as he is only too aware of the looming impact of actions (especially on his molly-coddled tourism industry) to be taken by unions in Australia and New Zealand in solidarity with their muzzled counterparts here in Fiji, and in the absence of substance attacks union leaders below the belt citing their motor vehicular preferences while self-righteously alleging that they are only in it for "self-preservation".
The illegal and treasonous Khaiyum fails to point out that union leaders are elected and paid with the fullest consent of its members, and they therefore are the face of their views.
Khaiyum also cites these union leaders refusal to back the organised representation of grassroot workers, whilst ignoring that the illegal and treasonous military regime's stifling of public gatherings and expression via the Public Emergency Regulations decree as the major stumbling block.