24 Jul 2012

Since 2006 coup, gap between rich and poor widened - Fiji Wages Council

4:36 am on 24 July 2012

The chairman of the Fiji Wages Council, Father Kevin Barr, says the gap between rich and poor has widened in Fiji since the 2006 coup.

In his assessment of the situation in Fiji since 2006 Father Barr says class differences are increasing, and while investors and tourists are provided with attractive incentives, the poor and ordinary people of the country struggle to feed their families.

The president of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Daniel Urai, agrees with that assessment.

"There are more people outside of employment and those that have some form of employment face some form of repression to ensure that they are paid the lowest that they can be paid. And the prices of basic good items in Fiji is increasing by the day."

Daniel Urai.

The general secretary for the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions, Attar Singh, says trade unions have much less ability to influence change in the workplace and very few workers in both the public and private sectors have seen pay rises since 2006.