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GCC restoration and better wages on agenda

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, August 11, 2012

SUBMISSIONS have been made to the Constitution Commission by people asking for the restoration of the Great Council of Chiefs.

Avenai Nacagilevu, a security officer, told the commission at Jittu Estate in Suva on Thursday that he would like to see the restoration of the GCC.

Mr Nacagilevu told the commission that he saw the GCC as a body that "takes care of our concerns, particularly the landowners and the iTaukei".

"If we don't restore it, then we are letting go of the only way of safeguarding the iTaukei and the right to appoint the President," he said.

Taniela Bacau also told the commission in his submission that he would like to see the restoration of the GCC and it be included in the constitution.

Mr Bacau also said he wanted the new constitution to have freedom of worship.

"If freedom of worship is included, then the running and management should be given completely to the head of that particular organisation," he said.

He also proposed that there be provisions in the constitution that children of school age should be sent to school.

"The government should see that parents are responsible for sending children to school, that's the right of a child — to be educated," Mr Bacau said.

Mr Nacagilevu also told the commission that he wanted to see in the constitution a minimum wage for all workers.

"I'm a security officer and for me, it should be $3 per hour but I'm getting $2.20 an hour. All security officers who work for commercial companies are treated badly, we work long hours but not enough pay," he said.


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