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Do Urai, Anthony care for all?

The Government of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama upholds the rights of all Fijian workers. This was part of the message delivered at the United Nations General Assembly in New
30 Sep 2012 08:57

The Government of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama upholds the rights of all Fijian workers.
This was part of the message delivered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday by Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
It was heard by attending heads of governments and ministers at a time when there is an attempt by the Fiji Trades Union Congress to stop Fiji from benefiting from the US Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Scheme.
This since 1976 has given certain Fijian exporters preferential access to the United States.
The union action, if successful with the Obama administration in Washington, will jeopardise the jobs of 15,000 Fijians.
Ratu Inoke launched a strong defence of the Government’s labour reforms.
He said:  “The Bainimarama Government’s commitment to a future of equality and opportunity for all Fijians includes ensuring that the rights of working people are protected and extended.
“We seek to ensure that unions can take collective action as directed by their member workers.”
“We expect the new constitution to help us to continue to build an environment that promotes safe working conditions, protects workers from arbitrary actions and allows workers to form unions.”
As part of Fiji’s return to democracy, the Government was reviewing the country’s labour laws to ensure that they complied with 34 conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that Fiji had ratified.
The tripartite Employment Relations Advisory Board was a key participant in this process.
“In this year alone, Fiji has ratified or adopted eight ILO instruments, as recommended by the tripartite board, including the Maritime Labour Convention 2006”, he said.
Government’s overall approach to labour relations is to empower ordinary workers. The Bainimarama Government is committed to protecting workers who are fortunate enough to have jobs and to ensuring that all workers receive fair wages.
Government is equally committed to creating employment opportunities for the young and less affluent.
Do the Fiji Trades Union Congress leaders Daniel Urai and Felix Anthony care for the welfare of the workers who will be affected if their actions succeed?
Obviously not or they would not be doing what they are.
We have a Government that cares for the workers.
The same, it seems, cannot be said for people like Daniel Urai and Felix Anthony.
It seems their intentions are more to protect their own narrow interests.




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