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Blast From The Old Ways

What is it about SODELPA MPs’ wives that two prominent party women do not want? When a suggestion was put forward in the party’s annual general meeting last Thursday to
13 Sep 2015 10:30
Blast From The Old Ways

What is it about SODELPA MPs’ wives that two prominent party women do not want?

When a suggestion was put forward in the party’s annual general meeting last Thursday to involve wives in the party’s Women’s Forum, there was strong opposition from two senior women members.

They said there would be a conflict of interest if the wives were also allowed to participate. One of them even said the wives should be at home to look after their husbands.

The statement sent shock waves through the meeting. Many members could not believe it coming from a strong advocate for women. The move was defeated but it is now a subject of talanoa sessions around the kava bowl.

It is a blast from the past in this 21stcentury Fiji when we are encouraging more women to enter politics.

Members are wondering what the real motive is.

 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?

Is there a conflict of interest when decision-makers in a trade union are public servants also? What happens if their decision is to attack their employer, the Government over an issue?

Are they breaching a decree. Yesterday they met behind closed doors and the media was not privy to their deliberations.

 

RED-FACED

A trade unionist was red-faced when he found out that one of his members was not represented in an employment hearing.

He was so mad that he went back to the office and had a go at the staff for their “administrative oversight.”

But someone should tell him that the blame falls squarely on his shoulders. That’s his prime role and he is paid to represent his members.

Now, this is the same trade unionist that recently was gallivanting overseas, visiting exotic places with some of his business partners.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

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