Fiji Today blog reports that Civil Servants will receive their pay rises in January next year, ... election year. BUT, the pay rise will not be backdated because, as we all know by now, Fiji, our beloved country, can not afford it.
As you are all aware, Fiji is being held hostage and being robbed by two criminal lunatics, Bainimarama and his puppet master Khaiyum. Both are stealing from Fiji while also trying to remain in power and out of prison. To this end they are attempting to buy votes by offering civil servants pay increases. All at the start of election year 2014.
The pay rise is great news for civil servants and their families who have not had pay rises for a long while. But what does it mean when real inflation is reported to be over 40%??
Simply explained, inflation means that the long term rise in the prices of goods and services is caused by the devaluation of the Fiji dollar. There are advantages to inflation, but for most workers this means your incomes have not increased along with the price of goods, which have become more expensive while your pay remained the same. Now with your same amount of pay your buying power is reduced because the goods and services that your family needs has become more expensive. So now you are forced to look for cheaper alternatives as a substitute for what you can no longer afford. Or, as some do, you take on a second or third job to help make ends meet. Lazy buggers make excuses. Unfortunately, some have turned to crime and prostitution.
Under Bainimarama's dictatorhsip crime and prostitution have increased and the economy has reached an all time low. Poverty and unemployment are at their highest levels ever and investment is at an all time low. Why is this? Its a direct result of Khaiyum's illegal decrees, childish tantrums, mismanagement, ego, greed and corruption. But it is also because Bainimarama is using weak military officers to support his illegal dictatorship and to look the other way when a small group of soldiers intimidate and torture people who object.
While you and your families have been suffering these many years, since Bainimarama's 2006 coup, Bainimarama and Khaiyum have become multi-millionaires. All at your expense.
They both told you lies and made false promises. The fancy looking new roads you see are just that, fancy. The reality is that the roads will not last long and will soon fall away, as they have done in all the other unfortunate countries who fell for China's cheap-loans with Chinese labourers. Now, as is the case with those other countries, Fiji will need to repay all those cheap loans, which means that you and your children and their children's children will be repaying Bainimarama and Khaiyum's stolen millions, way into the future.
BUT now, Bainimarama and khaiyum are trying to remain in power and out of prison so they are giving civil servants a long awaited pay rise, at the start of election year. This is an attempt to buy your votes because the pay rise could have been done much earlier when Fiji's economy was in a much far better state than it is in today.
The reality is that with real inflation at over 40%, your pay rise is a slap in the face - unless you are a permanent secretary or senior manager.
A very large portion of civil servants (government employees, officers in the Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Police Force, Prison Services and Forest Guard personnel) will be receiving pay rises between 4% to 23%. Those part-time wage earners will receive a 10% increase across the board.
Unqualified and illegal permanent secretaries will receive a 150% to 300% pay increase!
Fiji's criminal dictator Bainimarama and his megalomaniac puppet master, Khaiyum, have paid themselves illegal salary increases of over 1,200% to 2,100%. The Auditor General's report will confirm this - but it is locked away, on Khaiyum's orders.
So when your child's hungry cries get too much to bear, just remember that Bainimarama showed you an alternative....you to may stand up and overthrow his illegal dictatorship.