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Jobs intact, says union

Nasik Swami
Thursday, November 08, 2012

ASSURANCE has been given to the workers under the 10 wages council that they will not lose their jobs following government's announcement to increase the minimum wage rate.

The assurance comes from the chief executive officer of Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) Nesbitt Hazelman.

Mr Hazelman confirmed he had met the heads of the wages councils who fall under the FCEF and they assured that jobs were safe.

He said the wage rates revised upwards between 7.9 per cent and 10.4 per cent was positive and welcoming.

"The FCEF is glad that workers will receive a fairly handsome increase that is sustainable," Mr Hazelman said.

He said the federation was encouraging all employers to comply with the new minimum wage rate.

Mr Hazelman also revealed that the 10 wages council could sustain the increase.

"We always want to ensure that Fiji's growth is positive and maintain the country's wages structure," he said.

He said their focus was to create more jobs and increase business.

"We are happy that the Minister for Labour Jone Usamate did not bow down to pressure from trade unions that are not supporting their own members," Mr Hazelman said.

The FCEF has about 500 members with about 80,000 workers.