FIJI UNION SAYS QANTAS TAKES EASY EXIT FROM AIR PACIFIC
Fiji’s Trades Union Congress says Qantas has taken the easy way out and left Air Pacific to deal with restructuring problems Qantas itself helped create.
Qantas, which holds a 46 percent share in Air Pacific, yesterday announced the immediate removal of its four directors, saying the Fiji government is intervening in the management of the airline.
The Trades Union Congress says just as it did to its own airline, Qantas has a part in restructuring Air Pacific. It says as a result, most of the workers lost their jobs and are being replaced with more expensive, expatriate staff.
The president of Fiji’s Trades Union Congress, Daniel Urai, says one of the major concerns now is the long-term effects of the restructuring on Air Pacific staff.
“What we see is Qantas has taken the easy way out and left Air Pacific to linger on with the current problem it has, which may not be a positive outcome for Air Pacific in the long-term.”
REGIME HUMAN RIGHTS CONTINUE: GAY COMMUNITY MARCH PERMIT REVOKED
A permit given for a pride march through Suva was cancelled at the last minute yesterday. The event was planned to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The official word was that the person who vetted the permit application had not realised what the words homophobia and transphobia referred to Police said the march was stopped because of concerns about the safety of participants following recent media attention.
This is all a farce and the regime simply did not want this march to go head due to the group it represented in our society. This is a direct attack on the human rights of the gay and lesbian community.
DESPERATE REGIME CHANGE AIRLINE NAME IN BID TO GET MORE TOURISTS
The desperate regime in Fiji has once again delivered. This time its to do with the changing of the national carrier Air Pacific's name to Fiji Airways.
Illegal AG and among his numerous other titles illegal Minister for Civil Aviation said the rebranding was a milestone for the company and part of the [illegal] government’s agenda to make better use of the Fijian brand.
The fact of the matter remains no matter how you rebrand Air Pacific, travelers do not go to a destination based on a national airline, travelers simply chose the best and cheapest deal.
This is a laugh! The regime telling the Fijian people that a name change will mean more people traveling Fiji Airways to get to Fiji. Never! Travelers will always take the cheapest and more affordable flight available.
14 MAY 1987:
25 YEARS LATER:
THE DAY TERRORISTS OVERTHREW DEMOCRACY IN FIJI
Democratically elected Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra - removed by terrorists on 14 May 1987
The Face of terrorism: Chief terrorist Sitiveni Rabuka
Terrorists then proceeded to brutalise, beat, rape, steal and torture Fiji citizens from 14 May 1987 onwards
University lecturer Dr. Anirudh Singh was abducted and tortured by these terrorist for opposing racism and illegal laws and rule.
CONSTITUTIONAL HEAD HOPES FOR OPEN FIJI CONSULTATIONS
Fiji’s Constitution Commission head Professor Yash Ghai says the country’s impending civic education process will be a chance to find out if people in Fiji are holding back from giving their views on the constitution.
The Kenyan academic has been in Fiji to set up the Commission which is due to be up and running in a month.
Professor Ghai says he has been told by some they are not brave enough to speak out but he did not yet have enough knowledge of the contentious decrees involved.
He says there are sometimes good reasons for restrictions but people should be free to meet without too much bureaucracy.
“I hope that the authorities will have a review of the laws and to see if the restrictions go beyond what is strictly necessary for the reason for which they are instituted.” Professor Ghai says he’s sure of the authorities’ commitment to the process and he has experienced no obstacles in doing his job so far.
Professor Yash Ghai
The chair of Fiji’s constitutional commission, Yash Ghai, has promised Fiji people will have full access to the body which has begun consulting on the new constitution.
The regime abolished the 1997 constitution three years ago when the appeal court ruled that the interim government was illegal. The Kenyan expert has been in Suva to set up the commission’s office.
Sally Round reports from Suva.
“Professor Ghai says the commission will be based in a wing of Suva’s parliamentary complex, and helped by some of the existing staff. He says funding is being sought from the UN Development Programme, as well as the interim government. Professor Ghai says the public will have full access to the body’s accounts, documents and submissions. He reiterated his own view that it is time for a review of laws which might be restrictive, but says he has been assured by regime leaders of their commitment to the consultation process. Professor Ghai says no obstacle has been put in his path. He says Fiji can learn from other countries’ experiences, and his main role is to listen, deliberate and encourage dialogue.”
Fijian's have a right to vote and elect a government of their choice.
FIJI REGIME ILLEGAL AG SEEKING MORE ATTENTION
The poor illegal Attorney General, just cannot help himself and wanting to be in the news headlines. So what does he do after getting less then 25 minutes with the Forum Ministerial Contact Group, he continues to make noise in the local media without any foundation. Now the Fiji regime says it will not accept an offer by New Zealand and Australia to soften travel sanctions.
The sanctions continue to work and until and unless power is handed to a totally civilian government, the overseas nations should not remove sanctions. The regime have themselves complained that decent professionals do not wish to take up government positions or join the regime due to these sanctions.
Last month, the New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, said the government was keen to promote a demilitarisation of the Fiji administration and would consider exempting civilians from the sanctions to replace soldiers in key posts.
The sanctions must remain until Fiji is democratic once again.