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Letters To The Editor, 14th February 2018

Letters To The Editor, 14th February 2018
February 14
17:08 2018

Violence against women

Joan McGoon, Nadi

And our visiting UN Commissioner is appalled at the discrimination and violence of women across all sectors.

Stated truly, our culture is meant to resolve issues and not increase them.

Cultural and religious values are meant to preserve and provide fulfilment in relationships. It honours both men, women and children. So what else could be the problem? Perhaps the choice to not adhere to these norms? Which is our gift of free-will of course but then the consequences are detrimental to society in general.

Women are denied equality and recognition in their fields of work because they are possibly considered inferior. They are bullied, ridiculed and harassed.

I think our value of humanity and it’s dignity has decreased and thus the concern from the United Nations as it is the basic human right of every individual, to have and to preserve their dignity.

If women (or men) are not receiving this respect at home, they will venture elsewhere for this recognition.

Work force

Shariff Shah, Savusavu

A lot has been said about our work force. Foreigners are taking up our space. The real question is, are all our tertiary institutions, Fiji National University (FNU), University of the South Pacific (USP), Univeristy of Fiji, etc providing and training our children enough to counter the “outside of classroom world”? Or are they only making money?

You be the judge!

Unionist claims

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

If there were any safety breaches at the Nadi International Airport during the ATS employees strike as suggested by union activist Dan Urai than it is an internal operational matter that involves the CAAFI, AFL, ATS including Fiji Airways who are all responsible stakeholders and are all compliant with international best practice standards.

Urai’s call and claims in the media seeking the opposition to move a motion in Parliament for a commission of inquiry into the allegations is senseless, uncalled for and baseless.

But, I personally feel the blame should be directed to the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) together with the ATS union member employees who went on strike on December 16, 2017.

It will only be a time waster in our Parliament as there are more pressing and urgent issues needed to be dealt with and discussed in Parliament. The breach claim by Urai is an internal policy operational matter for the regulators to deal with in a professional manner and I am sure they have done that.

I would urge Dan to get any of the Opposition of his choice from either SODELPA or the NFP to register his suggested motion in our next Parliament sitting. If accepted by the secretariat we will again witness the motion being simply thrown out of Parliament because the Opposition members have never succeeded in any of their motions so far.

The Employees Tribunal ruling by Magistrate See in January this year is a landmark judgement for the Country’s Employment and Industrial Relations Laws with the learned Magistrate giving out specific instructions to all parties concerned to immediately return to their workplace and get on with the business.

The Fiji Sun’s report on page 16 (February, Tuesday 13) reported an important turn of event whereby the High Court of Lautoka wholly struck out all claims by ATSET against Government and the ATS Board and its management. In its judgement the High Court stated that the ATSET application was a case which was both “Bad in Law” and “Weak on Evidence”

What a mess Dan, but someone definitely will have to pay the price along the line.

Cinema stairs

Satish Nakched, Suva

There have been tremendous improvements in the entertainment industry, especially the new movie theatres that we now have.

The classy interior, sound system, visual screen images adds to the patron’s comfort. These are the favourite getaways and an excellent place of relaxation for the whole family. However, it is noted with some concern of a cinema that I recently visited which has a seating capacity of about 206 seats.

From the initial steps from the ground level up to the top row of seats one has to walk up more than twenty-five flight of the steps.

This is more than two-storeys high and the pitch of the steps is approximately forty degrees in angle. The two set steps are located between the rows of the seats and there are no hand rails or any sort of support up the incline.

I believe that a continuous balustrade must be provided along the side or through the centre portion of the stairways as this is not bounded by any wall and the change in the levels is more than one metre.

The balustrade prevents a person accidently falling over as the cinema’s internal environment has a very limited lighting system. The balustrade must be constructed at the certain height above the nosing of the stair treads to be effective in preventing a fall.

The cinema is frequented by people from all walks of life and the handrails will play an important part for the people with mobility problems or during an emergency if an evacuation is required for safety reasons.

All buildings are subjected to the National Building Code of Fiji that ensures acceptable standards of structural sufficiency, fire safety, health and amenity are maintained for the benefit of the community.

I believe that the cinema falls into class 9b buildings and must comply with the relevant sections and clauses of the Building Code and related regulations.

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