Letters To The Editor, February 10, 2015

Trade union election Amenatave Malani Delainavesi It is good to see the Trade Unions come together for election purposes under the law. However it is a concern that the newly-appointed
10 Feb 2015 07:41

Trade union election

Amenatave Malani


It is good to see the Trade Unions come together for election purposes under the law. However it is a concern that the newly-appointed general secretary Mr Felix Anthony made a statement that FTUC reports to no one.

For the ministry, unions, and employers who know the the law of this country, understand that unionism is part of the tripartite system that attempt to preseerve good industrial relations and does not exist in a vacuum.

Specifically unions and and its affiliation/umbrella are bounded by the rules specified under Part 14 of the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007(ERP07) under the authority of the Registrar of Trade Unions.

It is also noted that the 2013 Constitution specifies that the freedom of association and the right of workers to to join and form as required under the ILO conventions are guaranteed.

However if union activities border on disregarding Government as facilitator than those rights really run the risk of being limited. This is specified under section 19(2)(d) and 20(5)(d) of the 2013 constitution.

If the trade unions and its umbrella reject the tripartite arrangement and embrace a more corporate management position than it must seek mutual goodwill from Government for the benefit of its members’ welfare in terms of sound industrial relations.

Trade unions and its umbrella are formed for certain purposes but if they are involved in other purposes that is not compliant with such requirement they risk being de-registered.

Too much too fast

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

While we appreciate all the efforts from our Minister for Education, just wondering if too much is being done too fast. We have had a lot of changes recently in the education field. We’ll just hope all runs smoothly however people always take time to adjust to the new changes.

I just hope the minister gives it some thought. Going well but too fast I think.


Biased referee

Amit Raj, Lautoka

While watching the Ba vs Lautoka Fiji Rewa Galaxy Premier League on Friday night, the referee of the day Andrew Achari appeared to me to be biased. Hope the referee’s assessors are monitoring his performance. Please Fiji Football look at the video of Ba vs Lautoka.

The match officials are being paid from the spectators money and its really disheartening to see the match officials are not up to par.


Wellington 7s loss

Sandeep Reddy,

Laucala beach

I strongly feel it was World Rugby and its referees that denied the Wellington Sevens title.

Fiji put up a mighty defence against Australia in its last pool match and there was certainly no penalty issued against us in the dying moments let alone a yellow card!!

Yet a key forward and the captain were cited for dangerous play and suspended for not one but two matches. Were the tackles so unlawful that it warranted such a harsh punishment but not a warning from the match official?

Were the Australians so weak that they could not sustain a couple of hard hits from the Fijians?

Or was it that World Rugby was trying to favour a certain team from getting hammered in the final to prevent it from dropping further down the leaderboard since the Fijians looked favourites to lift the title after their stellar performance in the last pool match?

The referee did not pause for a second to decide when he issued a yellow card to Fiji against England which leads me to assume as if he was directed to make things tougher for us.

However when England committed some deliberate fouls, they were let off with a soft warning or a penalty against them.

These situations which the Fiji team have found itself in a couple of tournaments now, makes me wonder if the powers that be at World Rugby have a role in perhaps to appeal to the Olympics Games on the competitiveness of rugby sevens globally whilst victimising teams like Fiji to its politics. I will let you be the judge.


True champion

Raghwa Sharma,

Brisbane, Australia

With the establishment of accommodation for market vendors at various centres the Prime Minister Mr Voreqe Bainimarama has portrayed himself as a true leader who cares about his people.

His genuine concern for the welfare of the grassroots people has resulted into shelters with all basic amenities built at Suva, Lautoka, Nadi and most recently in Sigatoka.

Voreqe Bainimarama had often been ridiculed by ruthless media in the name of democracy for seizing power from the government of prime minister Laisenia Qarase.But one-sided media had failed to see why Mr Bainimarama had to take that action. Through his actions in the interim and subsequently as chosen leader at elections, he has proved that he had the best interest of the entire nation at heart .He had not discriminated on the basis of race, colour or creed and   proved through   actions that he is a true leader and champion for all people of Fiji. His actions had been in contrast to   others who remained in power and acted in their self-interest or groups of few elites.

Fiji has gone through seven prime minsters since independence granted by Great Britain on October 10 1970. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Dr Tomoci Bavadra, Sitiveni Rabuka, Mahendra Chaudhary, Ratu Tevita Momeodonu, Laisenia Qarase, Dr Jona Senilagakali and the incumbent Voreqe J Bainimarama- all had served time in this high office at different times..

Whilst others had brief period in office and can be excused for not doing much for the   ordinary people there are few exceptions.

Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Sitiveni Rabuka and Mahendra Chaudhary had plenty of time and resources to change the life style of people of Fiji but lacked the vision or willingness to act.

Critics of Voreqe Bainimarama must take note that his concern for the welfare of ordinary people didn’t go unnoticed. He was critically judged from the day he took control of the nation and gone through scrutiny for good seven years . His service to nation made him popular and was rewarded with massive victory in the 2014 poll.

Dr Timoci Bavadra had similar vision for all people of Fiji but was prematurely   removed forcefully from office by Sitiveni Rabuka and could not fulfil his vision to work for poor and vulnerable.

Let’s hope Bainimarama is accorded that opportunity – an opportunity that was denied   to the Late Timoci Bavadra.


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