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Legal wages for workers

Sherita Sharma
Monday, December 17, 2012

THE Fiji Trade Unions Congress is urging the Ministry of Labour to be proactive and ensure workers are paid legal rates of pay including overtime rates for additional hours of work during the festive season.

In a statement, FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony said the situation of low and lack of overtime pay had persisted for many years now.

"The ministry needs to conduct regular checks on these workplaces and analyse wage rates for the workers so they are not cheated out of the value of the work they perform. Most shops open longer hours during this period," he said.

"For too long, workers in the retail sector, particularly supermarkets, have had to work very long hours without any overtime payments or allowances," he said.

"In many cases we are aware that these workers labour up to 80 hours a week and are paid for only 40 hours with half an hour break for lunch only.

Labour Minister Jone Usamte said he would consider issuing a statement this week on the issue.