15 Jul 2002

Fiji unions reject accusations by prime minister over post-coup job losses

5:05 pm on 15 July 2002

The Fiji Trades Union Congress has rejected claims by the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, who blamed it for the loss of 7-thousand jobs after the coup two years ago.

The FTUC's general secretary, Felix Anthony, says the comment made by Mr Qarase in a speech is nonsense.

And he says responsibility lies with those who failed to uphold the law and the constitution.

"they are responsible for the loss of jobs and the situation that was created during and after the coups. The trade union movement merely reacted to the situation to uphold the rule of law and to ensure the constitution was upheld also"

Felix Anthony also says the unions sought overseas help in a dispute at Nadi airport only after the government failed to act for 17 months.