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 rights of workers and standing up to racism in whatever form – the whole country knows this.
Labour governments have been ousted from office in two coups in 1987 and 2000 by vested interest groups supported by the armed forces for its stand on multiracialism and social and economic justice.
Anthony himself as a Labour Member of Parliament was our spokesman on labour issues – workers and trade union rights. He should know better than to throw these false allegations at the Party now just to pursue his personal agenda.
“Indeed, the FLP has done a more effective and committed job in defending workers’ rights than the FTUC has under the leadership of Felix Anthony.
“The trade union movement today under his leadership is the weakest it has ever been. It is badly split and lacks the commitment of its leaders,” said Mr Chaudhry.
Mr Anthony should be concentrating on uniting the trade union movement so that it can more effectively fight a regime that is bent on marginalizing the workers and crushing their unions.
At this highly critical juncture in our nation’s history, we need to look up to leaders who unite their people rather than those that foster more divisions just to push their own agendas and personal interests.