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Hon. Gavoka Wants Service Fees Paid To Hotel Workers

  Opposition Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka urged fellow MP’s yesterday to support his petition to pay service fees to hotel workers. Mr Gavoka said service fees are paid in
28 Nov 2018 16:33
Hon. Gavoka Wants Service Fees Paid To Hotel Workers
Opposition member Viliame Gavoka outside Parliament on April 20, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

 

Opposition Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka urged fellow MP’s yesterday to support his petition to pay service fees to hotel workers.

Mr Gavoka said service fees are paid in Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and could easily be adopted in Fiji.

He said the local tourism industry will soon be worth an estimated $2 billion.

“I urge people on this side to support this petition and make sure that when we talk about $2 billion you are also including rewards for landowners and our staff,” Mr Gavoka said.

“We have major companies in Fiji who also operate in Asia who have this system in place. We can very easily bring it to Fiji.”

He acknowledged the setting up of an independent land tribunal saying it was a result of what he had been asking for during his last parliamentary term.

Mr Gavoka said the State should collect five per cent cut from operators instead of two per cent to be paid to landowners and resource owners to ensure they are well compensated.

Aviation

He said the world is going through a shortage of pilots and there is a need to train more pilots in Fiji.

“We need to look at a better way of funding this. Tertiary Education Loan Scheme is too difficult for some of our trainee pilots and I urge this house to look at a way of producing more pilots for our national airline and for Fiji.”

“Once our people are qualified, they will be poached by bigger airlines as we see today. Quite a number of Fijians are now flying airlines in the middle east and other parts of the world.”

Low Voter Turnout

Mr Gavoka also raised his concern about the low voter turnout in the last election.

“It is known that almost 180,000 people did not turn up to vote after having registered but somehow could not make it to the booth to vote,” he said.

“With a country like Fiji, small with connectivity that is reasonably developed it makes no sense that the turnout was not huge.”

“In 2014 it was about 91,000 who did not vote. It has grown almost double four years later.”

“What we hear from the voters is they want change. And I suspect that if the 180,000 had voted some people would be sitting either this side (Opposition side of parliament) or not in parliament at all.”

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