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Written By : Attar Singh General Secretary FICTU. In the Talk Business pragramme of TV One on Tuesday, Francis Narayan while addressing some forum claimed inter alia that the Minister
18 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Attar Singh General Secretary FICTU. In the Talk Business pragramme of TV One on Tuesday, Francis Narayan while addressing some forum claimed inter alia that the Minister responsible does not appoint the FNPF Board members amd that they are appointed by government, employer associations and employee associations .
As such he argued that they should not be subject to travel sanctions imposed by some foreign governments.
If he checked the law he would find that he misled his audience. The appointing authority is the Minister responsible for FNPF.
On the second point he should know that there are two umbrella trade unions in Fiji. Those serving on the FNPF board as worker representatives belong to the same umbrella union unlike their predecessors who were removed by the regime he serves.
Although the law does not require the Minister to appoint nominees of any umbrella union he must be fair to both union organisations if he chooses to appoint workers leaders to avoid being accused of bias.
Mr Narayan misled his audience on this point as well. The issue of travel sanctions is the prerogative of the respective foreign governments in their own efforts to help restore democracy here and is generally consistent with FICTU’s position. Such sanctions are obviously appreciated by the majority of our people.



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