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Regime offers a $1 a day old age pension

Minister Luveni’s claim that the Social Welfare Ministry is receiving adequate funds to maintain welfare llowances cannot be accepted when hundreds of recipients are being taken off the list. She speaks of “major reforms” being undertaken by her Ministry but…

FLP rejects regime’s constitution

The Fiji Labour Party rejects outright the imposition of the regime’s tailor-made constitution on the people of Fiji. The document does not reflect the will of the people and deserves no credibility and no recognition. It is merely an entrenchment…

Court ruling on PPD

Court ruling on the Political Parties Decree case The Political Parties Decree (No 4 of 2013) infringes a number of International Conventions on the civil and political rights of individuals. The Fiji Labour Party challenged the decree in court and…

Oppressive features of the Political Parties Decree

Decree 4 of 2013 is, undoubtedly, draconian and oppressive. Its provisions both for registration and in terms of the administration, operations and conduct of political parties are onerous and harsh. Penalties for non-compliance, or breach of the decree by party…

THE 2013 BUDGET and SOCIAL EXPENDITURE – Some REFLECTIONS

Fr Kevin J. Barr As usual there was a mixture of positives and negatives in the 2013 Budget. The business community, of course, were overjoyed with the continuation of incentives to investors and there was great hype in the media….

Decree 11

Statement by former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry on the Political Parties (Amendment ) Decree No. 11 0f 2013 The amendments to the already draconian Political Parties Decree reveal the regime’s pathological fear of existing political parties, says former Prime Minister…

Unsavoury treatment of Father Kevin Barr

The Fiji Labour Party is relieved that good sense has prevailed and the regime’s decision to expel Catholic priest and social activist Father Kevin Barr, rescinded. Nevertheless, the Party condemns in the strongest terms possible the earlier order to Father…

What is the truth on Cabinet salaries, Mr AG?

The controversy over the super-salaries of the Prime Minister and the Attorney General has been ongoing since mid-2010. Until now, the regime has chosen not to comment on these reports. On 23 August 2010, the Fiji Labour Party posted a…

What is the truth on Cabinet salaries, Mr AG?

The controversy over the super-salaries of the Prime Minister and the Attorney General has been ongoing since mid-2010. Until now, the regime has chosen not to comment on these reports. On 23 August 2010, the Fiji Labour Party posted a…

FLP release on political parties decree

New decree shows the regime fears opposition The severity of the new political parties decree as disclosed to the media yesterday is a clear sign of the regime’s fear of the mounting opposition to its illegal rule. “This is a…

Labour replies to Felix Anthony

There is absolutely no truth to claims by Felix Anthony that the Fiji Labour Party is no longer multiracial and does not represent the interests of workers. The FLP has a proud history of fighting for social justice, defending the…

Labour replies to Felix Anthony

There is absolutely no truth to claims by Felix Anthony that the Fiji Labour Party is no longer multiracial and does not represent the interests of workers. The FLP has a proud history of fighting for social justice, defending the…

FLP calls on the Media to show courage

The National Council of the Fiji Labour Party in a statement issued today says it deplores the current cowardly stance of the Fiji media which refuses to run statements issued by political parties on issues of critical importance to the…

Draft constitution trashed to retain power

It is a day of shame for Fiji. A widely accepted draft constitution that addressed many of the problems of overnance plaguing our nation for the past three decades, is to be trashed to preserve power and status quo for…

They have no right to change our flag!

How dare the regime change the Fiji flag which is the symbol of our nationhood and sovereignty? In his New Year’s address Commodore Bainimarama announced that his next step would be to change Fiji’s flag. The FLP asks: What is…

Still no power in rural West

Three weeks after Cyclone Evan devastated homes and crops and brought down power lines, much of the rural areas of the West are still without power. Ra Reports from Ra show that most of the Province still has no electricity….

Schools sustained heavy damage in the cyclone

Schools in the Western Division sustained heavy damage from Cyclone Evan last week. The Raviravi Sangam School was completely demolished by the hurricane-force winds. Cyclone-ravaged Raviravi Primary School All three classroom blocks were blown away as well as the staff…

Lautoka ravaged by Cyclone Evan

Most victims are still awaiting immediate relief Lautoka received a severe battering from Cyclone Evan which inflicted substantial damage to at least 25% of homes and properties in the city and its rural hinterland. Lashed by strong hurricane-force winds, the…

Natadola not paying off FNPF loans

Natadola Bay Resorts Ltd (NBRL) has not paid a single cent to the FNPF, to reduce its massive loan of $303 million. The Fund’s annual report for 2012, just released, shows that the loan balance remains unchanged from the previous…

Budget 2013: a bundle of contradictions

New tax laws and duty increases announced in Budget 2013 will undermine business confidence and fuel inflation. Draconian changes announced to the tax laws in the Budget are hostile to businesses and will compel the local business community to look…

Budget 2013: a bundle of contradictions

New tax laws and duty increases announced in Budget 2013 will undermine business confidence and fuel inflation. Draconian changes announced to the tax laws in the Budget are hostile to businesses and will compel the local business community to look…

Budget Baloney!

The State’s annual Budget sessions in the past four years have become much of a farce in an environment completely lacking in transparency and accountability. It is farcical to hand down a Budget when government accounts and financial statements are…

Budget Baloney!

The State’s annual Budget sessions in the past four years have become much of a farce in an environment completely lacking in transparency and accountability. It is farcical to hand down a Budget when government accounts and financial statements are…

Bleak Diwali 2012 for thousands

Diwali in Fiji is fast becoming a festival for the rich and the well to do in Fiji. The rich can afford to lavish money on the very expensive sweets, fireworks, clothes. Even ordinary food items these days are outside…

Bleak Diwali 2012 for thousands

Diwali in Fiji is fast becoming a festival for the rich and the well to do in Fiji. The rich can afford to lavish money on the very expensive sweets, fireworks, clothes. Even ordinary food items these days are outside…

Regime slashes August Wages Council pay awards

The regime has slashed Wages Council recommended pay increases by almost 50% in several categories, compared to the rates awarded in August under the Chair of Father Kevin Barr. In the case of workers in the Hotel and Catering Industry,…

Regime slashes August Wages Council pay awards

The regime has slashed Wages Council recommended pay increases by almost 50% in several categories, compared to the rates awarded in August under the Chair of Father Kevin Barr. In the case of workers in the Hotel and Catering Industry,…

Regime slashes August Wages Council pay awards

The regime has slashed Wages Council recommended pay increases by almost 50% in several categories, compared to the rates awarded in August under the Chair of Father Kevin Barr. In the case of workers in the Hotel and Catering Industry,…

President’s attack on trade unionists unwarranted

FLP is surprised at the President’s attack on trade unionists in an address he gave to the Fiji Human Resources Institute’s 2012 Convention held at the Shangri-La Fijian Resort last week-end. He said Fiji “needed to guard against the work…

President petitioned to appoint caretaker governmen

A petition to His Excellency the President signed by three leading high chiefs, the four major political parties and trade unions have urged him to appoint a caretaker government to oversee Fiji’s constitutional and electoral process back to democracy. The…

Native land well secured under every Constitution

Commodore Bainimarama should stop misleading landowners regarding the security of their land which has been well protected under every Constitution, and by political parties in the past. Speaking at the Salusalu Festival in Lautoka on Saturday, the Prime Minister told…

Native land well secured under every Constitution

Commodore Bainimarama should stop misleading landowners regarding the security of their land which has been well protected under every Constitution, and by political parties in the past. Speaking at the Salusalu Festival in Lautoka on Saturday, the Prime Minister told…

Accountability and the state of Fiji’s bridges

The news that some 30 Fiji bridges need urgent repair works, raise serious questions about accountability considering that in 6 years the regime allocated $220 million on maintenance of roads and bridges. The authorities are blaming past governments for failing to maintain…

More regime rhetoric on fighting poverty

Prime Minister Bainimarama is saying that his regime will meet the Millennium goal of reducing poverty to “negligible levels” by year 2015. This is indeed laudable. But the regime’s record to date shows it has a somewhat unique way of…

FLP Submission to the Fiji Constitution Commission

FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry in presenting the Party’s submission to the Constitution Commission Friday morning, called for the appointment of a caretaker government to oversee the process of returning Fiji to constitutional rule via general elections. He said the current…

Fiji told to address issues of human rights and rule of law: CMAG

The Commonwealth has welcomed Fiji’s progress on constitutional talks but expressed concern at remaining restrictions on human rights and the rule of law. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) met in New York on 28 September and called on the…

Dismiss the Attorney General, says Justice William Marshall

AG under fire: Serious allegations about interference  in the judicial process Fiji Labour Party is shocked by revelations about the judiciary made by a former judge of the Fiji Court of Appeal Justice William Marshall QC,SC in a petition to…

Come clean, Prime Minister!

The Prime Minister’s continuous rhetoric about transparency and his government’s so-called clean-up campaign does not fool the nation anymore, says the Fiji Labour Party. Although there has been corruption in the past, his own regime has the most appalling record…

It’s time to leave, Commodore…

Commodore Bainimarama should stop playing god and listen instead to the pulse of the nation and the hardship our people are suffering under his regime. The mounting social distress in Fiji, the cries and pleas of our people are coming…

Striking mineworkers petition Constitution Commission

The following is a copy of the full submission made to the Constitution Commission by members of the Fiji Mineworkers Union who have been on strike for the past 21 years. Following the submission the members of the Commission visited…

So long Sanjeet…

A huge crowd of some 1500 mourners turned up to pay their last respects to former Ra and FLP parliamentarian Sanjeet Maharaj today. He was cremated following full Hindu rites at the Lal Mitti crematorium in Ra. Labour Leader Mahendra…

Can Daniel Urai Count?

The Anthony/Daniel duo have done it again! This time they are claiming that the FTUC has pulled out its 300,000 members from the Fiji Labour Party. This claim was made by Dan Urai in a statement he gave today to…

Can Daniel Urai Count?

The Anthony/Daniel duo have done it again! This time they are claiming that the FTUC has pulled out its 300,000 members from the Fiji Labour Party. This claim was made by Dan Urai in a statement he gave today to…

Felix Anthony caused similar problems in 2006

Felix Anthony’s attack on the Labour leadership following last week-end’s Annual Delegates Conference revived memories of the split he caused in the Party in 2006. We re-post here the statement issued on the ruckus he caused then because it reveals…

Labour replies to Felix Anthony

Felix Anthony’s statement to the media titled “Fiji Labour Party no longer represents workers” has to be the biggest joke of the year as the Party has been a consistent and diligent voice advocating workers’ rights and welfare over the…

Labour replies to Felix Anthony

Felix Anthony’s statement to the media titled “Fiji Labour Party no longer represents workers” has to be the biggest joke of the year as the Party has been a consistent and diligent voice advocating workers’ rights and welfare over the years….

Labour pays tribute to Ra MP Sanjeet Maharaj

Fiji Labour Party mourns the death of former Ra Parliamentarian and Party stalwart Sanjeet Maharaj who passed away at his home in Ellington, Ra, in the early hours of this morning. Mr. Maharaj,58, a cane farmer, served as President of…

Caretaker government should take charge of Constitutional Process

The Annual Delegates Conference of the Fiji Labour Party met in Nadi today and called for the appointment of a caretaker government to take charge of the process of restoring Fiji to democratic and  constitutional rule.   The current constitutional process sanctioned under…

Caretaker government should take charge of Constitutional Process

The Annual Delegates Conference of the Fiji Labour Party met in Nadi today and called for the appointment of a caretaker government to take charge of the process of restoring Fiji to democratic and  constitutional rule.  The current constitutional process sanctioned…

FNPF pension rates must be maintained

FNPF has been on a misinformation campaign to justify its preconceived decision to cut pension rates under the pretext of maintaining the long term sustainability of the Fund. In its latest misinformation propaganda it is telling people through expensive media…

Labour’s response to Krishna Datt

Krishna Datt was expelled from the Fiji Labour Party for breach of Party discipline. His attack on the FLP Leader at a media conference in Suva today, therefore, smacks too much of political vendetta. He faced expulsion from the Party,…

Constitutional Commission’s work may be delayed

The timetable set for the Constitutional Commission to commence work may be delayed. The Commission was to begin its public consultations on July 2 and conclude on September 30, according to the announcement made by the interim prime minister on…

Racial disparity in recruitment of voter registration clerks

Of the 1050 voter registration clerks recruited by the interim attorney general’s office, only about 160 or 15% are from the minority Indo-Fijian and other communities …a gross under representation of these communities which comprise almost 42% of Fiji’s population….

Political Leaders question Commodore Bainimarama’s threat

Threats to the leaders of three political parties by Commodore Bainimarama raise serious questions about whether the constitutional process is being held in the free and open environment promised by the interim prime minister. On Friday over a debate on…

Victor Lal caught with his pants down …

WHERE is that 40-page document Victor Lal that you claim links Mahendra Chaudhry to the 2006 coup? In your blog piece (courtesy Coup 4.5) of 5 June 2012 you went BIG on claims that: “Military Council documents link Chaudhry to the…

Victor Lal caught with his pants down …

WHERE is that 40-page document Victor Lal that you claim links Mahendra Chaudhry to the 2006 coup? In your blog piece (courtesy Coup 4.5) of 5 June 2012 you went BIG on claims that: “Military Council documents link Chaudhry to…

Victor Lal caught with his pants down …

WHERE is that 40-page document Victor Lal that you claim links Mahendra Chaudhry to the 2006 coup? In your blog piece (courtesy Coup 4.5) of 5 June 2012 you went BIG on claims that: “Military Council documents link Chaudhry to…

Threats to Fiji TV

Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Khaiyum must confirm or deny reports that he threatened not to renew Fiji TV’s licence if it continues to give coverage to interviews with elected political leaders. According to media reports, the threat was issued following…

Victor Lal and his pack of lies

It is astounding the extent to which Victor Lal and other detractors are prepared to propagate outright lies, fabrications and distortions to discredit Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Their medium of propagation has been the blog Coup 4.5 which facilitates the…

Victor Lal and his pack of lies

It is astounding the extent to which Victor Lal and other detractors are prepared to propagate outright lies, fabrications and distortions to discredit Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Their medium of propagation has been the blog Coup 4.5 which facilitates the…

Voter registration process lacks independence: Labour

Assurances by Attorney General Aiyaz Khaiyum that the voter registration process under his Ministry will be apolitical are absurd, says FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Under Fiji’s Electoral Act and the Electoral Registration Regulations, voter registration is the sole responsibility of…

Fiji Sun – a puppet of the regime

NFU replies to Vaniqi Despite the removal of restrictions on the media with the lifting of the PER, the Fiji Sun continues to ignore statements that are critical of the regime’s actions and policies. The Sun did not run a…

Report reveals depressing economic outlook

ADB’s Outlook 2012 report describes Fiji’s economic growth as “weak… held back by policy uncertainty and structural constraints” resulting in low levels of private investment. Private investment level last year fell to a record low of 2% of GDP compared…

Get your facts right, Mr Khaiyum

The regime’s Attorney General Aiyaz Khaiyum’s constant rhetoric that political parties have not contested elections without an ethnic agenda, is just crap. The FLP invites him to study the Fiji Labour Party election manifesto of 1999, 2001 and 2006 and…

Media rights and responsibilities

Today is World Media Freedom Day and it is important to emphasise that along with this freedom goes grave responsibilities for a free, independent and unbiased media. For almost three years since April 2009 the Fiji media was subject to…

FLP submission to the Forum Ministerial Contact Group

The Fiji Labour Party has told the MCG that the regime’s constitutional process cannot be recognized as inclusive, participatory and credible so long as restrictions on human rights remain in place under the various decrees. In a written submission handed…

FLP submission to the Forum Ministerial Contact Group

The Fiji Labour Party has told the MCG that the regime’s constitutional process cannot be recognized as inclusive, participatory and credible so long as restrictions on human rights remain in place under the various decrees. In a written submission handed…

Delays in FNPF pension payments inexcusable

The Fiji Labour Party is absolutely appalled at the insensitivity and utter lack of responsibility FNPF has displayed in its handling of pension payouts. Daily for the past week, scores of seniors have patiently crowded the Pensions office and walkways…

Fiji remains suspended from the Commonwealth

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says it is clear from the CMAG statement on Fiji that the Commonwealth is not satisfied that appropriate conditions exist for a credible constitutional process. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) met in London on 16…

Saving the sugar industry

Damage to the industry inflicted by the current administration in the past three years is far in excess of any devastation suffered through the recent floods. There is much talk about the form and level of assistance to be extended…

Let school evacuation centres remain open: Labour

The Fiji Labour Party has urged the authorities to permit evacuees taking refuge at the various schools in the West to remain at these centres until they find alternative accommodation. Women and children taking refuge at the Andrews Government School…

Labour replies to the Attorney General

These homes at Utalei, near Korovuto Village in Nadi were completely submerged in flood waters. Families say they have received no assistance since Friday. It is government’s responsibility to ensure that evacuation centres are adequately stocked with emergency food, water and…

Rakiraki residents cannot afford town rates

The plain truth is that Rakiraki as a self-financing municipality is not viable. The government should not push its obligations on to this rural community which is struggling to survive in the face of a contracting national economy. Fiji Labour…

Rakiraki residents cannot afford town rates

The plain truth is that Rakiraki as a self-financing municipality is not   viable. The government should not push its obligations on to this rural community which is struggling to survive in the face of a contracting national economy. Fiji Labour…

Government teams lack disaster preparedness

A survey by a Fiji Labour Party monitoring team in the Western Division found that government’s relief and rescue operations failed to deliver timely assistance to the people trapped by floodwaters over the week-end. The survey was conducted by Party…

Government teams lack disaster preparedness

A survey by a Fiji Labour Party monitoring team in the Western Division found that government’s relief and rescue operations failed to deliver timely assistance to the people trapped by floodwaters over the week-end. The survey was conducted by Party…

Tikoitoga must be suffering from memory lapse, says Chaudhry

Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga must have a very short memory if he needs to be given examples of how the people of Fiji have been enslaved in the past three years, says Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Under the Public Emergency Regulations…

The people decide who they want as leaders, FLP tells PM

Commodore Bainimarama should understand that in a democratic setup, it is the people who decide their leaders, says the Fiji Labour Party. “Whether Laisenia Qarase, Mahendra Chaudhry or anyone else for that matter, are needed or not is for the…

The scrapping of the GCC

The arbitrary scrapping of the Great Council of Chiefs by the interim administration is an outrageous attack on the paramount institution of the iTaukeis. The GCC or the Bose Levu Vakaturaga has always been an institution highly revered by the…

Proposed constitutional process

The constitution review process announced by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama this morning is unduly prolonged and is predicated on writing up a completely new constitution, says the Fiji Labour Party. Moreover, the regime has imposed its own roadmap on…

2012 cane crop likely to be below 2m tonnes

The sugar cane crop for 2012 is likely to be around 1.8m tonnes and not 2.1m tonnes as stated by SCGC. “A survey conducted by NFU officials in the cane belt has revealed that the crop has suffered heavy damage…

Let good counsel prevail: Chaudhry

Commodore Bainimarama’s unwarranted outburst over my remarks about delays in the constitution review process is not surprising. One who professes to be a leader must learn to take criticism in his stride and respond rationally, otherwise he is not fit…

Reply to PM Bainimarama on delay to constitutional talks

It is important that promises made to the nation regarding constitutional consultations be kept, said Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. “It is now more than five years since an elected government was deposed and the people of Fiji are anxious…

Flood victims need cash grants to rebuild lives: FLP

The people of Matawalu, Naviago and Vitogo villages in Lautoka have been shattered by the sheer scale of devastation and destruction of their homes and property by the floods that swept through the 6 kilometre long stretch from Matawalu Village…