Bloggers, well here you have the beginning of unprecedented unemployment in Fiji. Remember back last week, when we posted Governor Narube saying the economic crisis in the world will have very limited impact in Fiji? Well we said that was a lot of crap because hundreds, if not thousands of jobs will be lost in Fiji. Well, this is the start and Finau is now trying to save some jobs and be seen to be doing her job as President of the Soqosoqo Vaka Marama. Qarase may have had a hard time as well had he been still in power, but we will never know and he gets the benefit of the doubt because this boci Vore had usurped his power. Now 2 years down the road, Vore faces unprecedented financial crisis that he cannot blame Qarase for and his conniving rat Chodo had jumped ship way back then, when he read the writing on the wall. John Samy and his stooge Francis too cannot help either, however it does not stop these con artists from helping themselves to the Fiji taxpayers funds. Na ca ga na viavia kila vata kei na loma kocokoco ni yavu bakola!
By UNAISI RATUBALAVU
Sunday, November 09, 2008
TWO groups are advising the interim Government to think of the families of the civil servants who will lose their jobs after the announcement of Government’s intention to reduce the size of the civil service.
Soqosoqo Vakamarama general secretary Adi Finau Tabakaucoro said this policy was nothing new as it had been floating by previous governments. Adi Finau said no elected government had however actually done it.
“But if the Government is going to lay off some of it’s workers, I hope that they don’t choose those women who are sole bread winners in their homes.
“And I hope they will be considering how to help these people if they are going to actually down size the civil service,” Adi Finau said.
On the other hand, Adi Finau is for reducing the civil service size to ensure the general public is served by an efficient and productive workforce.
Meanwhile, Save the Children Fiji chief executive officer Chandra Shekhar said it would be advisable for government to inform those civil servants well in advance. This he said would allow those who would be affected to look for an alternative job.
“I know that the Government has a strategic plan on how they going to go about reducing its staff by 10 per cent.
“But the Government should inform those who will be laid off well in advance so they can start planning on what to do.
“They can apply somewhere else for a job or start their own business to generate income for them,” Mr Shekhar suggested.
Meanwhile teacher unions are saying that close to 900 teachers are in danger of losing their jobs with the Public Service Commission directive to cut back on staff and budget by 10 per cent.
Fijian Teachers Association president Tevita Koroi said the association had written to the Education Ministry and PSC to spare the education sector from this directive because of it’s effect on the teachers and students.