Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Barr’

Kevin Barr praises Fiji’s 2014 Budget Comments 0

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Father Kevin Barr says Fiji’s 2014 budget is the first “people-centred” and “pro-poor” budget for many years. Speaking as a panellist on the topic “Implementation of Socio-Economic Rights’” at the Attorney-General’s 15th annual conference, he congratulated government on its initiatives and said the generous allocations for education would bring a radical change in parents’ ability Read more

Fr Kevin Barr says proposed minimum wage a “good start” Comments 0

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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The former Wages Council chairman Father Kevin Barr has commended the government’s effort to set up a minimum wage baseline for workers in Fiji. Based on the findings of the National Minimum Wage Baseline Survey, two dollars and thirty two cents an hour is now the proposed minimum wage. Barr says the new proposed rate Read more

Churches and Governments must work together to protect environment Comments 0

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
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It is  important to take into consideration the impact that activities such as mining could have on the environment and the people. Churches must take a strong, united stand on the responsible use of natural resources says Fiji Catholic priest, Father Kevin Barr.  He was speaking at Pacific Conference of Churches Assembly. More than 200 delegates representing 34 Read more

Fr Kevin Barr undecided about his future after deportation threat Comments 0

Friday, February 1st, 2013
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Some news sources are saying Father Kevin Barr hopes to see out the last of his days in Fiji. Others are reporting that he is deciding whether he will renew his work permit. Barr, who has lived in Fiji for over 30 years, is an Australian citizen and his work permit expires at the end of the year. Read more

Barr says 60% of wage earner are below poverty line Comments 0

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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In Fiji, Father Kevin Barr said two thirds of Fiji’s population are living in poverty or close to it. Representing the Peoples Community Network in a seminar titled “The Challenges of Poverty to the Constitution” held at the University of the South Pacific He said 60 per cent of the workers in full-time employment earned wages below Read more

Ecumenical body makes 200 submissions to Constitution Commission Comments 0

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
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About 200 submissions from members and supporters of the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA) were made to the Constitution Commission in Suva, Fiji, last Friday. Father Kevin Barr of ECREA said they had conducted awareness programs and workshops for their members on how they could make their voices heard. He said workers had Read more

Fr Kevin Barr quits Fiji’s Wages Council Comments 0

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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Fiji’s Wages Council chairman Father Kevin Barr has told the Fiji Times he has resigned from his position on the Wages Council. However the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment has not received any formal notice of Barr’s resignation. On Sunday night, Minister Jone Usamate said neither he nor his permanent secretary Taito Waqa Read more

A comprehensive assessment of Fiji today Comments 0

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
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Two years ago I was asked to write an Assessment of the Fiji situation as I saw it. Now I have been asked once again to reflect on the current situation and make an assessment of Fiji today. Two years ago I wrote: “Unlike the 1987 and 2000 coups which were carried out in the Read more

Fiji’s poor getting poorer because of demands of village and church Comments 0

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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Poor Fijians are becoming poorer because of the traditional demands of village and church, says Father Kevin Barr from the People’s Community Network. He says that the number of people living in squatter settlements is likely to increase. Many now living in the settlements used to work in the sugarcane industry and have moved into Read more

Fr Kevin Barr urges Fiji Trade Union bodies to unite Comments 0

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
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The  chairman of the Fiji Wages Council, Father Kevin Barr, has repeated an earlier call for the FTUC and Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions (FICTU) to consider coming together under one umbrella in the interest of better addressing workers’ issues. “We have an unprecedented opportunity for the two organisations to come together and speak Read more