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Unhappy workers dominate meeting

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, February 08, 2013

WORKERS with salary, sick leave, and Fiji National Provident Fund deductions grievances dominated a meeting conducted by Minister for Labour Jone Usamate in Sigatoka on Wednesday.

Mr Usamate said issues raised could assist the ministry in its review of the Employment Relations Promulgation (ERP) of 2007.

"We are reviewing the Employment Relations Promulgation of 2007 and while hearing the complaints brought up by the workers, we will look at whether we would have to apply further revisions to the promulgation," he explained.

He said there were a number of relevant issues brought up by the workers.

"Some of these issues included wage levels, salary concerns, work compensation and FNPF deductions," Mr Usamate said.

"We have taken these issues into consideration and we would look into them on a case by case basis," he said.

He said people had been forthcoming with their grievances.

"We have had a lot of people come forward with their concerns and this was one of the main reasons for this roadshow. We wanted to come out to these areas and bring social justice to the people," Mr Usamate said.

"One of the issues with our ministry is that we are short-staffed. We are one of the smallest ministries in government with very little resources. One of the reasons for this roadshow is to hear your complaints so that we can take it back with us and see which areas we need to focus on and see if we need to increase our resources including manpower," he said.

Mr Usamate is in the Western Division meeting with workers from Sigatoka to Rakiraki.





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