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Workers told to seek other avenues

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 09, 2014

dismissed PWD workers in Lautoka were told to disperse from Shirley Park yesterday morning and not to create any problems for the authorities.

West police spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said the group was not authorised to gather at the park.

"They had gathered at the park, and although they were not protesting, we advised them to seek other avenues to sort out their problems," she said.

"They were in a public place and we were trying to prevent anything that could disrupt the peace in the community."

Ms Ragigia said the group should speak to the proper authorities with their issues instead of gathering in a public place.

Group spokesman Sawelio Vuso said they wanted to meet other dismissed staff at the park to discuss things regarding the termination of their services.

"We had no permit and we agreed to move somewhere else," he said.

"We have decided to write a petition to the government and so we needed signatures from all of those who were terminated."

About 90 workers from the Lautoka PWD branch were dismissed following a directive from Works Ministry permanent secretary Commander Francis Kean.

The workers were all project staff engaged under the ministry's Trade and Manufacturing Accounts (TMA).

Cdr Kean said this was a routine termination during this time of the year when the ministry had its annual stand-down period which began on December 19, 2013.

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