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EDITORIAL: The Fantasy World of a Unionist Who Feeds on Rubbish

EDITORIAL: The Fantasy World of a Unionist Who Feeds on Rubbish
Tony Sheldon, the national secretary of Australia's Transport Workers’ Union
December 25
14:51 2017

Was Tony Sheldon, the national secretary of Australia’s Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) in Fiji this past week? We think not.

If not, then who is feeding him with false and misleading information about operations at the Nadi International Airport?

On the TWU website, the misinformed Mr Sheldon has gone to great lengths to make damaging claims about what is supposedly happening at Nadi International Airport.

Fijians who have viewed the video have expressed outrage and anger.

One such claim is that passengers in Nadi have been injured and hospitalised because some Air Terminal Services workers are on strike. Really Mr Sheldon?

Were you there to take them to hospital? Because neither the Nadi or Lautoka hospitals confirm your false claim.

In fact, tourists, including Australians and Fijians returning home for the Christmas holidays, were surprised that operations were normal.

No lives were at risk, Mr Sheldon.

To go to the extent of asking the Australian Government to “intervene to ensure against safety risks to Australian tourists travelling to Fiji because of untrained workers being brought in without proper police clearance to work in secure areas of the airports” is baseless.

Thank goodness the Australian government is not taking heed of such calls.  And they should not as this issue is solely an organisational issue – between some employees and the employer.

In fact, the Australian smart travel official advisory have remained the same since August – and it should stay that way.

Any Fijian would be outraged at the claims made by Mr Sheldon, including his informants.

Those responsible do not have Fiji at heart.

Their wish seems to be to try to cripple our tourism industry, which would include the very people some claim they are fighting for.

To establish the facts, Mr Sheldon should get on the next available flight to Fiji and experience for himself the operations at Nadi.

But then he would be confronted by the truth. Something he obviously has no interest in.



What can we learn from Christmas?

It’s Christmas Day!

It is one of the most celebrated events in the Christian calendar around the world. Today, Christians commemorate God’s great love for mankind through the birth of His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a human life and headed His Father’s ministerial works through scriptural teachings and miraculous works.

The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem marks the start of God’s great works to redeem mankind from the power of sin.

Christmas is not only a day of feasting and merry-making, but also to learn important lessons that will make the day more meaningful. Christmas is how we learn about the power of giving and how it can touch and lift people’s lives. God did not hold back on His only son when it came to the redemption of mankind.

He gave! That Godly act enables us today to live a victorious life and more importantly having a much better life after death.

It’s that hope that gives us the courage to reach out and touch the lives of other people who are still lost.

For this Christmas, we can make a start by sharing what we’ve prepared with those who are less fortunate. If not, there are other days where we can plan to do this.

It’s not too late. We can still make it happen, but what is important is to make a start now! Only then, can we grasp the true meaning of Christmas.




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