STATEMENT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AIYAZ SAYED-KHAIYUM
The Bainimarama Government’s chief concern is the 200,000 Fijians who depend on the sugar cane industry for their survival.
We have made a substantial investment to rescue the industry from collapse.
This investment has begun to turn around the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC), without a single job being lost, and it is in the national interest for this to continue.
We have also renewed more land leases, given confidence to farmers, and put more money into research, which has resulted in better yields.
As a result of our reforms, FSC employees have received a 5.3% pay rise and improved benefits, and can look forward to better job security and more opportunities as the FSC continues to improve its performance.
Given this enormous investment and the importance of this industry to the national economy, the Bainimarama Government cannot allow this industry to collapse because of the actions of a minority.
We hope that common sense will prevail and that the workers who have voted to go on strike will not do so.