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101 lose jobs

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, December 19, 2011

ONE hundred and one workers at the FIJI Water bottling plant in Yaqara have been made redundant.

Natural Waters of Viti Limited ù bottlers of the world-famous FIJI Water brand ù cited the recent elimination of one of three production lines at the Yaqara plant as the reason for the losses, in a statement it released on Friday, when the workers lost their jobs.

"The recent elimination of one of the three production lines at the FIJI Water plant has significantly streamlined operations, resulting in a review of staffing requirements throughout the business," the company said.

"Since early November the company has been consulting with employees and their representatives on the company's proposals to reduce employee numbers.

"Redundant employees will receive a redundancy package."

The company said there are no plans for further redundancies.

The job losses, which workers had been informed of weeks before, were across the entire business, NWVL said.

The company, however, said it had met all regulations as laid out in the Employment Relations Promulgation. The redundancies reduce the FIJI Water workforce by almost 30 per cent ù down to 257 from 358 previously.