Hold the coalition govt to their promises - Chaudhry

Hold the coalition govt to their promises - Chaudhry

By Karishma Kumari
Sunday 26/03/2023
Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry [Image: File]

Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry has advised civil servants that they must hold the coalition government to the promises it made during the election campaign to increase civil service pay.

He highlighted this at the Fiji Public Service Association’s annual convention in Suva celebrating its 80th anniversary.

The former FPSA general secretary who during his time had successfully steered the union through several pay disputes with the government, says he was saddened to note from the Association’s annual report, the struggle they faced in getting their grievances addressed.

He says the Association’s log of claims lodged in December 2019 had been see-sawing as the Job Evaluation Exercise dispute had been in the pipeline since 2018 and had been confronted with endless delays and stalling tactics to frustrate the process.

Chaudhry also warned the union executives that things may not be too rosy even with the new government that seemed more kindly disposed towards trade unions.

He says the coalition is now realising that promises made during the election campaign may be difficult to meet.

Chaudhry says since taking office, the coalition is talking of constraints in meeting these promises.

The Party Leader says the Finance Minister Professor Biman Prasad had announced that increases in taxation are inevitable.

He says the IMF Statement issued after its Article IV Mission to Fiji, provides a grim scenario that the government must unify the VAT rate at a slightly higher level, reforms to the personal and corporate income taxes especially by reducing tax exemptions or tax thresholds, and possibly increasing tax rates and raising excise and tourism-related taxes.

Chaudhry says the coalition has been told in no uncertain terms what it has to do.

He says they know they have to engage in a belt-tightening exercise, cut expenditure and raise taxes.

He also says these recommendations are going to come from the Fiscal Review Committee and the Economic Summit to whom the Minister has outsourced this rather unpleasant task.

FEATURE NEWS
NFP opposes motion as 40 MPs vote for salary increases for President, Speaker, Ministers, Assistant Ministers and MPs
Parliament has this afternoon approved the salary increases for the President, Speaker, Ministers, Assistant Ministers and MPs. While speaking duri...
4 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
SPBD marks milestone after $100m loan disbursement
The South Pacific Business Development Fiji today celebrated a huge milestone for their organisation as they marked their $100 million loan ...
1 hour ago

Report is discriminatory as pension for youth parliamentarians not included - Maharaj
Opposition MP and Parliamentary Emoluments Committee member Alvick Maharaj says it is discriminatory that the pension of Parliamentarians was not ...
1 hour ago

Parliament and Govt should be seen as an employer of choice - Seruiratu
We are just fulfilling the process of Parliament and that's what we have done. This was highlighted by the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament ...
1 hour ago

SOE refers probable electoral breaches by Bainimarama and Tabuya to FICAC
Supervisor of Election, Ana Mataiciwa has referred two matters of probable commission of electoral breaches to FICAC, and these relate to the ...
4 hours ago

PM says he is glad that his salary is getting reduced compared to the previous approved PM’s salary
Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka says he is glad that his salary is proposed to be reduced in the Parliamentary Emoluments Committee report. While ...
5 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
Salary increases recommended for President, Speaker, Ministers, Assistant Ministers and MPs
The Parliamentary Emoluments Committee has recommended an increase in the President’s pay by $55,000, all Ministers to be on a $200,000 salary ...
13 hours ago

Ministry of Home Affairs Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji
The pervasive threat of illicit drugs has emerged as a pressing concern, rapidly infiltrating and destabilizing our society therefore the Republic of ...
7 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho hearing in dismissal of 2 police officers case
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants the hearing of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police ...
7 days ago

TOP