Top of the morning bloggers. Hope this post finds you in the best of health and ready for another day in the land of paradise. Well, this is what must be going through the minds of the workers of the water bottle companies, when they found out after stopping work yesterday, they are now relived to hear the ‘omnipotent’ illegal junta has caved in despite Chodo’s resistance and agreed to scrap the 40 cents tax per litre. The illegal junta has also agreed to pay compensation for loss of income! Chodo was quoted yesterday as saying it was unfair for the water bottle companies to take the illegal junta and FRICA to court to contest their imposing the 40 cents tax per liter, when everyone knows it was his directive! Yet, this is the same bastard who continuously runs to court and threaten legal action each time he feels slighted. Must be sobering to find himself on the other foot? It must also have been highly embarrassing for Chodo after having dug his heels in, had to give way because of the reality of the situation and likelihood of the success of the court action, which would have swayed the remainder of the illegal junta to vote against him in support of lifting the taxes. This coming right in the heels of the illegal ‘back pay!’ Must be humbling huh? Only in Fiji, one day in paradise, the next in hell!
The bottled water companies had siezed operations after cabinets apporval on taxes. Taken from / By: Google
The standoff between the government and bottled water companies came to an end last night.
The bottled water industry had seized operations after cabinet approved 20 cents per liter excise and 20 cents per liter export tax from the first of this month. A statement last night said various bottled water companies reached an amicable solution with the government and all shipments of water within Fiji and to export markets have immediately commenced.
The water companies include Fiji Water, VTY, Island Chill, Aqua Pacific, Aqua Safe and VITIBLU. The statement signed by Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on behalf of the government and the president of the Fiji Bottled Water Institute Warwick Pleass says the government has repealed the taxes and discussions between the bottled water companies and the government will commence.
It says the discussions are to find the appropriate compensation to be paid to the government by the bottled water companies. The compensation will be based on inter alia, global bench marks and financial circumstances surrounding the operations of bottled water companies.
Yesterday Fiji’s biggest bottled water exporter Natural Waters of Viti Limited – Fiji Water ceased operations sending more then 420 workers home. However, work is expected to commence as normal today. The statement says the bottlers and the government look forward to working together to reach a mutually agreeable solution.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation