Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Dictator Bainimarama Announces review of Oppressive Decrees




Review of oppressive Decrees - A ploy to hood-wink the US Government


Fiji’s military dictator remains under siege 24 hours before the hearing commences in the United States against Fiji for breach of labour rights and standards arising out of the rogue decrees of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum - the insalubrious Attorney General.



Frank has been left holding the can and is now trying to lie his way out of trouble.

This afternoon the besieged leader managed to raise enough courage to announce the immediate review of the labour laws that contravene (34) international standards. He appeared in a TV ONE news bulletin looking rather perturbed from the looming crisis and attempted to explain the steps being taken to remedy the breach for which Fiji faces US sanctions.


 
The Fiji village website reported that:
The prime minister has revealed that as part of Fiji’s progress toward establishing parliamentary democracy, the government is reviewing current labour laws to ensure their compliance with the 34 International Labour Organisation conventions that Fiji has ratified”.

The regime leader has finally succumbed to the truth that several decrees his tainted Attorney General has promulgated threaten Fiji with the most serious employment crisis ever, involving 39 companies and 15,000 – 36,000 jobs. It appears that the rattled leader has been forced to make this conciliatory announcement and it may well be more of his typical trickery and lies.

CFDF wishes to remind the people of Fiji, the trade union leaders and the US government of some of the previous broken promises and pledges of the regime leader and which render this review process meaningless and untrustworthy - it must be treated with grave suspicion.
 
Following the 2006 coup, Bainimarama vowed to preserve the 1997 constitution under the President’s mandate and subsequently included this in the People’s Charter - he later trashed the Constitution. He also made a personal commitment to the Pacific Forum leaders to hold Elections in March 2009 and later broke that promise.


He promised to be accountable and yet refuses to release the Auditor General’s report on government accounts from 2007 - 2011. He publicly stated that he will only collect the Commander’s salary while holding the position of interim Prime Minister but secretly receives multiple salaries, paid privately through Nur Bano’s Accounting firm in Suva - the details of which he refuses to disclose to the taxpayers of Fiji.


With such an impeccable record in keeping his word; should the US government and the trade union leaders dare consider the review process as free, fair and transparent? The regime leader’s public record is as poor as his ability to separate issues of national importance from the corrosive influence of his attorney general’s ego and tantrums.

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum – the author of so many lies and Decrees, remains silent.



The CFDF urges the Trade Union Leaders not to fall victim again to the lies and dishonesty of Bainimarama - he has no credibility or integrity. The latest knee-jerk reaction comes from international and domestic pressure and is merely a ploy to escape the scrutiny of on-going abuse of labor rights, human rights and the other fundamental rights of Fiji Citizens.


The Unions in Fiji must insist that all decrees identified by the ILO and the ICFTU must be immediately rescinded.


Further, the tainted Attorney General must be ejected from Office. He is the source of most of Fiji’s political and constitutional problems. The review process does not go far enough. It lacks goodwill, competence and commitment to deal with the issues in a holistic manner.


Bainimarama must do the right thing if the jobs are to be saved. The decrees and its author must be removed from public life permanently to allow for genuine dialogue at all levels.


The workers of Fiji deserve nothing less.


 






Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara
Council for a Democratic Fiji

2nd October 2012 Cfdfiji.org


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