24 Jul 2013

Fiji AG enters sugar pay dispute

12:46 pm on 24 July 2013

Fiji's attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has entered an industrial dispute and accused a leading unionist of putting his personal interests ahead of the well-being of the workers he represents.

This comes after the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union said it considered strike action despite a 5.3 percent pay rise offered by the Sugar Corporation.

The union says the workers' real wages have declined by 40 percent in the past seven years.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has told Fijivillage that the union leader, Felix Anthony, thinks nothing of abusing his power in a vain attempt to survive at a time when his relevance in the economy has become questionable.

Two years ago, Mr Anthony was severely beaten by military officers and last year, he lodged a police complaint for assault.

No charges have been laid.