Today in history

Thursday, April 1, 1976

Complete new deal in sugar industry

A COMPLETE reorganisation of the Fiji sugar industry that would put it under one statutory authority was approved in principle by the Cabinet. The plan calls for the abolition of the Sugar Board and Sugar Advisory Council. The price of cane would also be set by an independent price-fixing tribunal.

Sunday, April 1, 1984

FRU stays mum

CHAIRMAN of the Fiji Rugby Union Sailosi Kepa refused to comment on the English Rugby Union’s decision to go ahead with its controversial tour of South Africa. Fiji, Jamaica, the Bahamas and the Bermuda rugby unions had written to the English Football Rugby Union asking England not to go to South Africa. The English rugby union however voted overwhelmingly by 44 votes to six to go ahead with the tour of South Africa. The decision sparked off immediate denunciation by anti-apartheid groups.

PEU men ‘too ill’ to turn up

THE executive committee of the Public Employees Union met in Suva to question five “rebel” members accused of anti-union activities. But four of the five reported sick. The fifth man, Parmeshwar, now no longer a union member because he was not employed by the government, attended. The four others all sent medical certificates saying they were unfit to attend. The five had tried to move a motion of no confidence in union general secretary Joveci Gavoka, during last year’s annual meeting.