By Shalveen Chand
Bro. Mikaele Mataka at a 2006 union workshop with another workshop attendant. (Picture: Fiji Times)
THE Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union will go ahead with its annual conference where office bearers will be elected despite requests by the Fijian Elections Office to defer the meet.
FSGWU acting general secretary Mikaele Mataka said they had provided the elections office with information concerning the upcoming ballots.
Labour Minister Jioji Konrote had said in Parliament that all union elections would be facilitated by the elections office to ensure transparency and accountability.
“They have asked us to defer the election but haven’t given us a reason as to why,” Mr Mataka said.
“They wanted the names of the financial members who will be voting and we have provided them with that also,” Mr Mataka said.
“I have been directed by the executive of the union to continue with preparatory work and I have been doing that to ensure that we have our meeting on November 22.
“I have been corresponding with the FEO and they are yet to inform us on how they plan to carry out the election of office bearers.
Mr Mataka said the elections office would facilitate the voting process to ensure transparency and accountability.
“Other than that, I don’t see what role will they have in the election and I think all information they need has been given to them,” he added.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, in response to questions sent to him regarding unions and elections, said the elections office would be making an announcement on this in November.
The FSGWU meeting is scheduled for November 22 at the Lautoka Hotel and nominations for office bearers closes this weekend.