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Ill-treatment claim

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A CLEANER at a road depot in Cakaudrove claims officials have been ill-treating her over the past year.

And although Miriama Tamutale wouldn't discuss the reasons she thinks she's being singled out for such treatment, she says that despite attempts to persuade officials to provide her a key to allow her access to the premises to do her job, she keeps being told to find another access.

Ms Tamutale has been employed for about a year as a cleaner at the depot occupied by workers of Montogomery Watson Hauser (MWH) and the Fiji Roads Authority.

She said officials recently told her to find her way into the depot after she informed senior officials of her treatment.

"I am left with no choice but to make my own route through the bush and this takes me about 30 minutes to get to the main road before I head to the office," Ms Tamutale said.

"Before, I was entering the premises through a small gate and this took me less than five minutes to get to work.

"I don't know why and despite pleading with them to allow me to use the gate in the morning and afternoon, they still haven't done anything about it.

"I am sickly and I stay alone. I have been doing my job everyday and I don't know why they are doing this to me. They told me that if I needed anything, I should just scream from my house."

Authority CEO Neil Cook yesterday said he was not aware of the issue but said the issue would be investigated.

Ms Tamutale said she had requested for a duplicate key but was yet to receive it.

"During rainy days, I get soaked and sometimes I slip on my way to work since I walk in the bush.

"I just want this to be looked into and addressed."