May 24, 2013

PM's take on trade unions

08:11 Today (May 24, 2013)

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says trade unionists are only concerned about their jobs and not that of ordinary Fijians.

His comments come amidst reports that some trade unions are supporting a campaign by Australian and New Zealand unions to consider how Fijian workers are treated before making a decision to holiday in Fiji.

Bainimarama says claims by unionists that they are protecting the Fijians are false as by urging tourists not to come to Fiji they are destroying the livelihoods of ordinary people.

These fat cats (Trade Unionists) are trying to sabotage the Fijian economy to damage ordinary people’s jobs – as my government is trying to create jobs and secure better pay and conditions for ordinary people. My government is actively working to improve the lives of all Fijians by putting in policies to attract investment in Fiji – to get people from other countries to holiday in Fiji – what really gets me is in those areas where we have introduced reforms and busted the powers of these Jokers, ordinary people are better off.

Bainimarama was speaking to Radio Tarana in New Zealand.

Australia still leads the highest number of tourist arrivals to Fiji.

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