Former unionist to contest under NFP banner

NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad, NFP provisional candidate Attar Singh and NFP president Pio Tikoduadua during a press conference. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE/FILE

FORMER unionist Attar Singh is contesting in this year’s election under the National Federation Party (NFP) banner.

This was confirmed by NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad during a press conference at their headquarters earlier today.

Professor Prasad claimed that there are no other unionist contesting this elections with Mr Singh’s experience.

He said during Mr Singh’s 35 year career, he has served on various boards tasked with upholding workers’ rights as well as their occupational health and safety.

Mr Singh, who has resigned from his various trade union posts, claims that trade unions have been under attack by decrees such as the Essential National Industries Decree 2011 that made trade unions in essential services powerless with decades of negotiated benefits lost and access to dispute settling machinery denied.

He further claimed that workers and unions have suffered for too long and are crying out for fairness and justice.

He adds that all this can’t be achieved without a trade unionist being elected to be the workers voice.

Mr Singh said it was for these reasons that he resigned from all his positions to stand for elections so that he can advance the cause of workers.

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