Fiji Time: 12:28 AM on Monday 30 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

'Obvious ploy to win votes'

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, September 05, 2014

THE Fiji Trades Union Congress says attempts by the government to sway workers votes by paying out bonuses two weeks before election will not work.

Acting national secretary Rajeshwar Singh said the campaign strategy used by Attorney-General and FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was an obvious ploy to win votes.

"If he thinks that workers are dumb and do not know his motive then he is sadly mistaken," Mr Singh said.

"They know that a bonus is being paid to them two weeks before elections.

"The trend is there for all to see that pay rises and bonuses are paid to employees in Tropik Woods, Fiji Sugar Corporation, Fiji Water Authority, Lautoka City Council and other public enterprises for political ends.

"The FTUC has a long and proud history spanning decades representing workers' interests in Fiji.

"It has over the years fought to increase workers' wages, reinstate workers' rights and fight against the injustices of employers' treatment of its members.

"What has the regime achieved so far for workers for the past eight years apart from trampling on their very rights?

"It has forced the placement of thousands of workers under the Essential National Industries Decree and made every effort to add fear and intimidation to decimate trade unions."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Ruthless'
  2. Memorable moments
  3. Register early, NZ Immigration urges
  4. Shape up or ship out
  5. PM walks 10km
  6. Fiji defeats England in HK 7s quarter-final
  7. Plan to ban taxi parking in towns
  8. One dead, four in hospital
  9. Celebrating Lord Rama's birth
  10. Lights go out for an hour

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  2. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  3. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  4. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  5. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  6. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  7. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  8. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  9. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)
  10. Key to new home Thursday (26 Mar)