Saneem assures unpaid workers

THE Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has assured all polling staff that have not been paid that they will not go unnoticed.

He said after the count finishes, the Fijian Elections Office would hold a week-long reconciliation process throughout Fiji, where staff who hadn’t been paid could come to the office, reconcile their claims and get paid.

He said it was unfortunate that they hadn’t been paid but all efforts would be made to ensure those employed by the FEO received their dues.

Pre-poll staff who went for the election in Lau claimed that they were not paid for the work they carried out.

Also the owner of a rental company said this was the second week they were yet to receive any money from the FEO.

Polling day workers who went to Lau claim they haven’t been paid yet. They are claiming that FEO is failing in its contractual obligation.

The workers said according to the contract they were to be paid at a rate of $65.38 per day for each day of full service.

According to their contract, FEO shall pay the employee salary at the rate of $65.38 per day salary to be deposited within five days of confirmation of completion of pre-poll circuit.

The workers chose to remain anonymous fearing that going to the media would mean non-payment of money owed to them.