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Union Politics Must Go, Give Young Blood A Chance

Union Politics Must Go, Give Young Blood A Chance
March 14
11:00 2017

The recent war of words between unionists Damodaran Nair and Rajeshwar Singh has shed light on some underhanded tactics of unionists.

Everything from tailor-made constitutions to stacking the odds in their favour – no wonder it is rather difficult for young blood to take charge of unions around the country.

To be fair to our ‘career’ unionists, international unionists too employ similar tactics to keep opposition at bay, but at what cost?

Whatever happened to democracy within unions? Whatever happened to one person, one vote?

Now, we have the Fijian Elections Office overseeing all union elections, so more reason for democracy to prevail.

But how can that be achieved when tailor-made documents are hell bent on allowing only certain people to contest elections?

When was the last time there was a change of guard of our unions?

Should there be amendment of guidelines of unions to make way for fresh talent to contest for seats?

There is definitely a need for it, now more than ever.

Should unions do away with delegates only voting? It is time they do.

How would this affect current unionists? If they are as popular as they claim to be, would they not be voted in by the majority?

Making the rules in their favour and keeping others out will not augur well for some unionists.

Win or lose, Mr Nair has certainly opened the window into ways of the unions and the need for change.


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