Bainimarama sent his Labour Minister Jone Usamate to talk to the International Labour Organisation and tell them that Fiji is committed to the principles of decent and productive work – the hallmark of the ILO. The way things work in the crazy world of Bainikhaiyum, Usamate probably hasn’t even read 2011 Decree, which took away all the basic rights that the ILO stands for. When industries are designated as national essential industries: “No job actions, strikes, sick outs, slowdowns or other financially or operationally harmful activities shall be permitted at any time for any reason”. Unionism as we know it is banned. The employer on the other hand may lock out any striking workers and “unilaterally impose terms and conditions of employment”. And as always with the law under Bainimarama, no union can have access to courts to challenge actions under this dictatorial decree. Just check out the full details of the decree on Wikipedia and ask yourself if Usamate could have read this before he faced the ILO and told them how committed his government was to respecting the rights of trade unions.