|Issue No 76||03 November 2000|
Fijian Workers Fear Economic Meltdown
By Andrew Casey
Fiji Hotel workers are worried that this latest coup attempt will further harm the island nation's economy and democratic institutions.
Tim Naivaluwaqa, the general-secretary of the Fiji Hotel Workers' Union, says already one-in-four of his union members' have lost their jobs since the May 19 takeover of the Fiji Parliament by the anti-democratic gang led by George Speight.
" Many other Hotel workers are having to work shorter hours or have had to accept cuts in pay," Tim said.
Official Fiji Government data shows that Hotel Workers were the worst hit by the May 19 coup attempt - with more than 2,500 losing their jobs.
" Our union is concerned that this latest action of the Army's so-called Counter Revolution Warfare Unit will have a further serious adverse impact on an already crippled tourism industry," Tim Naivaluwaqa, said.
Mr Naivaluwaqa made the comments when his sister hotel union in Australia, the LHMU, made contact with him to express solidarity with his members who continue to suffer because of a crisis not of their own making.
Fiji's union leadership moved quickly to condemn the latest coup attempt with the Fiji Trades Union Congress (TUC) leader, Felix Anthony, telling local media that innocent people would again have to pay for this latest crisis.
The TUC leader criticised the Army leadership for releasing from prison last week some of the very soldiers who have now attempted the second coup in a year.
" This was bound to happen. The way these people were handling the whole situation indicated that something like this would eventuate," Felix Anthony said.
Mr Anthony said the country would suffer even more, after it had recuperated from the recent crisis, from the wrong decision taken on the release of the soldiers.
" The economic and social health of our nation is once again jeopardised.
" The unions had warned the military that releasing these soldiers and taking them back was not a good ideas. It was a bad decision on their part."
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