THE Consumer Council of Fiji has received 244 complaints from January to last week at its northern branch.
Out of this figure, 136 complaints have been successfully resolved through mediation.
Today, the council will be conducting a two-day workshop in Labasa aimed at empowering consumers from all walks of life on consumer issues.
Council CEO Premila Kumar said issues to be discussed at the workshop include moneylending, injustice of the Data Bureau and financial complaints.
"The workshop will also focus on the council's broadband campaign," she said.
"Consumers in the North continue to lodge their complaints with the council and most issues involve mobile products, electronic goods, hire-purchase, spare parts, hardware, mobile services and landlord tenancy."
Ms Kumar said it was only proper to empower people about their rights so they could practise it.
"Empowering vulnerable consumers on their rights and instilling confidence in them to question unfair market practices in marketplace is what the council intends to attain through this workshop."