Archive for the ‘Totalitarian state’ Category

The sugar industry and the dictatorship problem

August 2, 2013

Union general secretary Felix Anthony said his organisation was ready to sit at the table and negotiate with the FSC to resolve grievances raised by his members. So what does Manasa the Zombie Vaniqi say in response? He says “as far as the industry was
concerned, the call for dialogue by the union was not genuine.” “Any organisation that forces negotiations via threats of industrial action is not genuine in its claims to work for the interests of its members.” The dictatorship has ruined the sugar industry through its inability to sit at the table and talk to unions, farmers and landowners and now it claims that the problem is mill workers union. Meanwhile Vaniqi made hints about “contingency plans in place’, which no doubt involves the RFMF and the use of force, the only tools this regime ever thinks of reaching for.

Fiji Times August 02, 2013 Growers in distress
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=241433

What’s behind the port deal?

August 1, 2013

A Sri Lankan company, Aitken Spence, has been handed control of management and operation of the Fiji Ports Corporation for fifteen years. How this will operate has not been made clear. Will they set the charges for port services? Have they paid money to the regime for this right to get a percentage of everything that passes across our wharves? Bainimarama and Khaiyum think they own all our national assets and have a right to do whatever they like with them.

Fiji Times July 31, 2013 Sri Lankan firm manages ports operations
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=241349

Mills on track for disaster

July 30, 2013

The military and police were on hand when sugar workers voted to go on strike. Over two thirds of workers turned out to vote and 90% of them voted to strike. It’s obvious they’re angry with the contempt they’ve been treated with for years. Khaiyum has come out immediately to say that one way or the other the mills will be kept going. If this is a threat to have the army take over running the mill, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. The Lautoka mill is currently closed due to an accident. Does Khaiyum want to see all the mills suffer the same fate? This would be a disater from which our sugar industry would never recover.
Radio Australia 29 July 2013, Fiji sugar workers vote to strike despite ‘intimidation’

Radio New Zealand 29 July, 2013 Fiji’s AG pleads to sugar workers not to strike
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=77907

Five minutes to read the constitution

July 29, 2013

Bainimarama was forced to translate his tailor-made Constitution into Hindi and Fijian but he now tells us it will be released next month and be in place by the end of the month. He can’t even pretend that people will have an opportunity to read it and say whether they think the new draft gives proper protection to iTaukei land. He got some idea of how angry this made the iTaukei community when he said that he was going to impose the constitution no matter what two months ago, so he’d better be prepared to face their wrath.

Fiji Live July 27, 2013 Constitution will be released in August: PM
http://fijilive.com/news/2013/07/constitution-will-be-released-in-august-pm/54489.Fijilive

Bainimarama will say anything

July 24, 2013

This is what Bainimarama told an audience when he was was opening his brand new Remand Centre in Suva: “Our aim is not only to punish, but to help these people become responsible citizens for the betterment of Fiji.” This is said by the man who personally ordered a goon squad reporting directly to him to systematically beat escapees. Is that the way to rehabilitate? The message that Bainimarama sends is simple: if you use force you are in the right and you can do and say what you like. That’s a recipe for more violent crime.

Radio Fiji 23 July 2013 New Remand Centre will not solve all: PM
http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/12261/new-remand-centre-will-not-solve-all-pm

Our growth industry

July 22, 2013

Our sugar industry is in steep decline, tourism is stagnating but one industry is growing: prisons. The new Suva remand centre, housing 200 people awaiting trial, is the pride and joy of the Corrections Service. Lautoka and Labasa are going to get their own new remand centres as well. Maybe someone could explain why a regime which said it would deal with crime when it seized power is still facing an increased crime problem six and a half years later.

Fiji Sun July 21, 2013 New remand centre for public viewing
http://www.fijisun.com.fj/2013/07/21/new-remand-centre-for-public-viewing/

The Khaiyum Kommerce Kommission

July 19, 2013

Khaiyum has rejected the idea that the Commerce Commission is responsible for ensuring that customers are not robbed by suppliers in monopoly industries. He said that it cannot look at the case of political parties being forced to advertise in the Fiji Sun. He also claimed that the Commerce Commission had looked at the cost of the Fiji Sun compared with the Fiji Times and claimed the Sun was cheaper. All this proves is that the Commerce Commission is his tool that acts on his commands. How can the Commerce Commission know what the Fiji Times would have charged? They might have done it for free as their readers would have been interested to see the details of party officials assets and income.

Radio Fiji Jul 18, 2013 Commerce Commission can’t decide: AG
http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/12123/commerce-commission-cant-decide-ag

FICAC changes its tune again

July 19, 2013

Once again FICAC has changed the charges in one of its long-running cases. The rumours that these charges were based on circulated for years when we had a professional police force under a professional police Commissioner but no action was taken because they were all lies. It took the regime 2 years to lay charges and now 4 years later they’re changing the charges. Charges against Laisenia Qarase were dropped so it looks like charges against Dakuidreketi and Bakani are being changed to give the case another lease of life. All the did as directors of the NLTB was to approve its investment in a computer program to manage land properly, in particular, ensure lease monies were paid on time.

Fiji Times, 19 July 2013 FICAC seeks amendment to charges
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=240109

Will the sugar workers strike?

July 18, 2013

Felix Anthony has thrown down the gauntlet to the regime by threatening a sugar workers strike. He says they haven’t had a pay rise for seven years. The question now is will Khaiyum push Bainimarama to invoke the Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree to crush the plans for a strike? There’s no doubt a strike would be a national disaster, but the use of the much hated decree could also be a disaster. The international reaction would be swift and could include sanctions by the USA to deny duty free entry to our products. Look out Fiji Water.

Fiji Live July 17, 2013 Sugar workers plan strike action
http://www.fijilive.com/news/2013/07/sugar-workers-plan-strike-action/54489.Fijilive

Khaiyum trying to cover his high-handed actions

July 17, 2013

Every day my control grows stronger

Khaiyum has claimed that there are serious complaints in relation to the conduct of sacked Special Administrator for Sigatoka and Nadi, Aisea Tuidraki and sacked CEO of the Nadi Town Council, Nemia Tagi. Khaiyum claims these allegations include allegations of favouritism in the allocation of jobs and contracts. FICAC can’t even say they’re investigating the men. The fact is they were sacked by Khaiyum without due process. The Minister responsible for their positions resigned after he was by-passed by this irregular process.

Fiji Village: 16/07/2013 Investigations continue on Tuidraki and Tagi
http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=160713d0fa9574c7ab6683d4e3713c