The Fiji Attorney-General and Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has ripped into the fact free attack on Fijian tourism by the CTU and in particular Peter Conway’s comments.
Conway, who last visited Fiji over 6 years ago is clearly only getting his information from his fellow union brothers in Fiji who aren’t that happy with having their previous lucrative rorting stopped by the Bainimarama government.
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum responds to Peter Conway. The comments about Fiji Airways are good too.
The Attorney-General and Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum replied to Conway, not by attacking him or the overseas unions, but by accusing trade unionists in Fiji of being behind a new international campaign to hurt the country’s important tourism industry and those depending on it for a living. He is “confident that our visitors will see this propaganda for what it is – a crude attempt to punish Fiji for its reforms, which are designed, amongst other things, to erode the ability of a handful of elites to use their power to damage the Fijian economy and work against the Fijian people.
“This same hegemony of four or five unionists time and time again continues to demonstrate a disdain for ordinary Fijians by wilfully misrepresenting the situation in Fiji. “Overall, we believe the impact of this petition will be minimal. Our visitors – like the Fijian employees – are smart enough to see through it.”
“For trade union leaders to encourage a tourism boycott – an industry that supports the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Fijian families – is the height of selfishness and irresponsibility. A boycott would not only threaten the livelihoods of those directly employed by the tourism industry and their families, but also the livelihoods of all those who play a supporting role in the industry: the taxi drivers, the airline and airport employees, women and men who produce handicrafts and the list goes on. Read more »