Stop Provo­ca­tion

Fiji Sun - - Comment - Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba,

The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) gen­eral sec­re­tary Fe­lix An­thony is recorded in a daily news­pa­per on Sun­day 14 and this is the con­tent of what he bois­ter­ously shouted in front of all those present on the day.

“Let's shut this coun­try down, to­day we have just shut down Nadi Town and we are go­ing to shut down big­ger things if we don't get a res­o­lu­tion to the Air Ter­mi­nal Ser­vices (ATS) strike”.

Is that a threat and is it in­cit­ing? Na­tional se­cu­rity and the wel­fare of the na­tion is of ut­most im­por­tance. Fe­lix must stop the provo­ca­tion as Fi­jians in­ter­pret dif­fer­ently.

I would like to ask our Divi­sional Po­lice Com­man­der West Se­nior Su­peri­ten­dant Khan and our Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho to please in­ves­ti­gate the above state­ments made by Fe­lix at the Nadi Dis­trict School com­pound after their march from Nadi Town.

That is to see if he has gone over­board with his state­ments which can be deemed in­cit­ing.

The FTUC has al­ready ap­plied for an­other march on Fe­bru­ary 24th but I would like to call on rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties not to al­low them a per­mit to march in Suva.

The one in Nadi was good enough as that is sim­ply jus­ti­fi­able be­cause it is where the ATS is based and the saga should be con­fined and it must re­main here. The Nadi march it­self has given the mes­sage across to the tar­get au­di­ence.

Every­one in Fiji knows that this is a great op­por­tu­nity and the marches are po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated by SODELPA, Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party, Fiji Labour Party and Unity Fiji in the guise of using the ATS is­sue and their work­ers as a front to achieve their many hid­den po­lit­i­cal agen­das.

It is dis­turb­ing to phys­i­cally see our ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion at the Nadi Dis­trict Pri­mary School is be­ing sub­jected and used as a party venue for the FTUC, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties present with the ATS Union, sup­port­ers with their sym­pa­this­ers.

I would like to sug­gest the FTUC pres­i­dent Dan Urai and his many union cronies to move the pick­et­ing site away from the ATS frontage down to his Fiji Ho­tel Work­ers Union of­fice op­po­site Nadi Dis­trict School and Ratu Navula Col­lege.

There it is pri­vate, clean, it has toi­lets for both men and women, a large com­pound to­gether with cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties, there are also union tele­phones avail­able in the of­fice for free for strik­ing work­ers to use.

I guess the of­fice is also their en­ti­tle­ment as union mem­bers af­fil­i­ated to FTUC.

This he must ur­gently do if he does gen­uinely care for the wel­fare and health of the strik­ing work­ers and their sup­port­ers.

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