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Tui Nadi Rep: Do Not Join Strike

This trust is the landowning unit of the three yavusa (Tribes) that jointly own land on which parts of Denarau Island resorts sit on. Most workers are from these three yavusa, so this is a plea to them not to sabotage the meeting and decisions by the heads of the respective tribes.
25 Apr 2019 12:06
Tui Nadi Rep: Do Not Join Strike
A map of the Multi-agency Co-ordination Center during the Asian Development Bank Board annual meeting of Governors.

Resource owners of Denarau Island are urging all resort employees, who work on Denarau Island, not to take part in any national strike that may be planned for May 3.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) plan on carrying out a national protest on May 3, which coincides with the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Nadi from May 1 to 5.

This will be the first time the development financier will hold its annual meeting in the region.

Y3 Gopher Trust Director for Business and Investment, Sekove Tuilakeba, who spoke on behalf of Denarau Island resource owners and the Tui Nadi, Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci, told the Fiji Sun that various meetings have been conducted with the management of the property “that no one will sabotage work”.

This trust is the landowning unit of the three yavusa (Tribes) that jointly own land on which parts of Denarau Island resorts sit on.

Most workers are from these three yavusa, so this is a plea to them not to sabotage the meeting and decisions by the heads of the respective tribes.

“This ADB meeting is a massive opportunity for the resource owners of Denarau Island,” Mr Tuilakeba said at the Westin Fiji Resort and Spa last night.

“We applaud the Government of the day for its initiative to bring this big ADB meeting to Fiji. This is the biggest meet ever to be hosted in the country.”

The Sheraton Fiji, Sheraton Villas and Westin Fiji Resort and Spa have been entirely sold out and are for the exclusive use of  the annual meeting.

“Not only for resource owners of Denarau, this event will benefit the whole of Fiji and will also benefit our local investors, our FNPF (Fiji National Provident Fund).

“We should look at the bigger picture,” he added.

“About 3000 delegates will be part this meeting. The international media will be here to channel images/stories of Fiji across the globe.

“Imagine how that mileage pumps up our Fijian economy. We are protecting our resources by partnering with Fiji Marriott Resort not to sabotage the meeting.”

Meanwhile, the stance taken by the FTUC is because Government and other statutory bodies have been giving unprecedented levels of pay increases without union intervention.

The protest venues have been identified as Nadi, Suva and Labasa.

Edited by Percy Kean

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