24 Oct 2011

Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji alarmed by Air Pacific

7:03 am on 24 October 2011

The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji has strongly criticised Air Pacific for its role in helping the interim regime with a decree widely seen as being anti union.

The airline's management has drawn criticism after admitting to paying a New York law firm to draft Fiji's Essential National Industries Decree.

The Forum's CEO, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says it is alarming the level of influence an exclusive group of companies and individuals have in imposing law reform in Fiji.

"The admission by the Air Pacific CEO of their role in drafting the Essential National Industries Employment Decree became kind of a cause for alarm. Here we have interference into governance allowed by the Bainimarama government to get through very important legislation or a decree which was not committed to genuine consultation, inclusiveness and accountability."

The Reverend Yabaki has met the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, saying the Decree is a bad advert for governance and undermines unions in Fiji.