We have now lived under this junta for almost three months..which reminds me...kudos to Dr. Wadan Narsey for referring to this illegal regime as a junta on National TV last night. You rock Dr. Narsey!!!!!!
What was rather depressing however, was the fact that despite the media coverage that the unions are getting over their strike action threats (I'd link to the pages but they are legion..too many for one link to do justice to) is the little known and very sad fact that this Interim Junta has suspended the Wages Council.
This is a council that oversees the wages of workers like drivers, building/civil/electrical trades, hotel & catering and the like. They represent the poorest of Fiji's workforce, with most of them subsisting at or below the poverty line. The Wages Council was the legislated mechanism for these workers to have guaranteed wage levels that would ensure a decent living standard. Now the illegal junta has gone and kicked them all in the teeth...make that in the pocket.
So the Bainimocracy (my contribution to the English Language) prevailing in Fiji now has not only cut the pay of the Civil Service, it has effectively neutered the ability of the poorest, non-unionised workers to have the peace of mind of a fair days pay.
That should signal to the most, if not all of us, the hypocrisy of this regime. The claim that the Head Junta made that this coup was for the people is blatantly false. It's for him, his relatives ( 4 of whom now have Senior Civil Service positions, if I remember correctly), his friends, and his lackeys....nepotism or what!!!!
And now this....a 4-page ad in today's Fiji Times with the junta roadmap....it's too much!!!!!! Using our own tax dollars ( stealing our tax dollars is more like it) to shovel this rubbish at us. I will be posting a reply to this soon...for now, I'm just trying to wrap my mind around this.
To the Fiji Times editor...would you allow us, or those who think that this crap they are referring to as policy is going too far, the right to reply to it? If so, then I think the funds to pay you can be sourced. Please consider this request favourably. I will be in touch via email to reconfirm this request.
I have to go get some fresh air....the bullshit spewing from this regime is clogging up the country!!!!
Monday, March 26, 2007