This time last year Bainimarama was threatening to bring the army in to take over FSC mills if the workers didn’t accept the tiny wage increase he threw at them. Now with the election approaching Bainimarama is telling the workers how wonderful they are and granting them an immediate pay increase, backdated, of course. “In your next pay packet, every worker from FSC is going to get a pay rise of five percent, backdated to 1st January of this year”. And it’s all because of the election. The FSC workers need to understand that if Bainimarama wins the election they will have no protection from the Essential National industries Decree, which allows the government to cut pay, fire workers and jail any unionists who protest. The Election is the only thing that’s keeping them safe for now, and voting Bainimarama out is the only thing that will keep them safe in the long run.
Fiji Sun 15 June 2014 FSC Employees 5 Percent Rise