THE China Railway 5 Company carrying out major water works in the country has been warned that it could be closed down if it fails to pay Fiji National Provident Fund contribution of its workers.
According to the Water Authority of Fiji, several workers superannuations have allegedly not been paid by the company since February this year.
WAF team leader corporate communications, Fulori Turaga said yesterday that China Railway 5 Company was contracted by WAF as a sub- contractor.
Ms Turaga said with China Railway 5 Company being their sub-contractor, they had to comply with the Fiji Labour Regulations. "In February 2012, some concerns were raised to WAF about compliance of China Railway 5 Company with the labour regulation, both on FNPF payment obligation and compliance with health and safety rules," she said.
She said WAF had immediately reminded China Railway 5 Company about its general obligations and the specific contractual obligations.
"WAF issued a written instruction dated March 1, 2012 asking China Railway 5 Company to comply fully with Fiji Labour Regulation and its contractual obligations."
She said after contacting the management of China Railway 5 Company, the company had now been requested to submit the exact situation so far regarding FNPF payments.
"China Railway 5 Company admitted that they have to improve on health and safety issues and have to rectify their position towards FNPF," she claimed.
Ms Turaga revealed that out of the 92 employees, China Railway 5 Company has only registered 37 with FNPF and payment backlog is progressively being rectified.
"China Railway 5 Company has been requested by WAF to submit regular updates with regards to FNPF payment," she said.
No comments could be obtained from FNPF yesterday.