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'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."

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