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Tabuya Needs to Be Clear on Where she Stands

She is doing it again and her eyes are no doubt on the votes of those workers.
04 May 2019 14:18
Tabuya Needs to Be Clear on Where she Stands
Opposition Member of Parliament Lynda Tabuya outside Parliament on February 13, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Editorial:

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Member of Parliament and Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya needs to be clear about what hat she wears most of the time.

She was quick to state that she would join any protest as a private individual, but in the same breath she talked to the workers of Water Authority of Fiji and told them she would take their issues to Parliament.

Her fellow MP Mosese Bulitavu’s email has already outed her on how she took political advantage of the Air Terminal Services issues.

She is doing it again and her eyes are no doubt on the votes of those workers.

WAF had from the get go stated that all workers who have worked on their projects previously will be given priority when hiring starts for the next project.

This was even stated in the advertisement which advertised the vacancies. Instead of whipping up a frenzy, if Ms Tabuya was really concerned about the workers, she would have been out there with resources to print out application letters, curriculum vitae and talking them through the processes.

Why does everything have to have a political angle to it? It should not.

Ms Tabuya’s tactics are well known within her own party. It is frowned upon by her very own colleagues who have never minced their words about her modus operandi in riding the ‘Japanese waves’ as Mr Bulitavu had put it.

Now is not the time to play those games, Ms Tabuya. Learn a thing or two from some of your own colleagues.

Some facts about the whole WAF issue needs to be revisited:

The projects have ended. Workers were told in advance that it would be ending. WAF went a step ahead and gathered the project workers, talked them through the recruitment process and asked that they apply for upcoming projects.

They did more than what any employer needed to do. They did not need a court order to tell them to prioritise those workers who had worked on their projects previously, it was already stated in the advertisement they had put out before the tribunal met. They had decided on it willingly.

We need to put politics aside and be practical. Riding Japanese waves in Fiji may not always be beneficial for our people.

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