Lockdowns were imposed by Governments, not God, says Anthony

Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony. Picture: FT FILE

Government blaming God for the COVID-19 pandemic is “outrageous”, because “China is not located in heaven”, says Fiji Trades Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony.

He was referring to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (2020), passed in Parliament yesterday, which now defines pandemics as an “act of God.”

While speaking on the amendment in Parliament, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Section 24 of the Employments Relations Act set out an employer’s duty to provide work, unless the worker had broken his or her contract, the contract was frustrated, or the performance of the contract is prevented by an act of God – such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is outrageous,” said Mr Anthony.

“This pandemic is man-made, and China is not located in heaven.

“The lockdowns were imposed by Governments, not God.”

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