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Stop job attack: PM’s call to union heads

By MERE NALEBA The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, last night called on trade union leaders who are visiting overseas and damaging Fiji’s reputation to end their assault on the
30 Sep 2012 09:58

By MERE NALEBA

The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, last night called on trade union leaders who are visiting overseas and damaging Fiji’s reputation to end their assault on the jobs of ordinary Fijians.
While delivering his speech at the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries Police Divisional Crime Prevention carnival in Lautoka Commodore Bainimarama said there was still time for these trade union leaders to change course and regain the respect of the community.
“Some of our trade union leaders have asked the American government to punish Fiji by removing the duty free access that certain Fijian exports have enjoyed for almost four decades,” the PM said.
“The actions of these certain trade union leaders threaten the employment of 15,000 workers in 39 companies that export their products to America.”
These companies include some of Fiji’s famous brands like Fiji Water, PAFCO, Flour Mills of Fiji, Pure Fiji and some more local companies that strengthen Fiji’s economy.
“As your Prime Minister, I want to say how disappointed I am that a handful of Fijian trade unionists – and we all know who they are – have been prepared to use ordinary workers as pawns in their struggle with the Government to protect their own positions. This is not the Fijian way,” he said.
Commodore Bainimarama said politicians and trade unionists should always reconsider their decision before putting it into action.
“We must place the welfare of our country before our own needs and strive for fairness, equality and the rights of all Fijians. We ask God’s blessing tonight as we build a new Fiji, a better Fiji for everyone,” Commodore Bainimarama said.




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