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Telecom lay-offs

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, January 23, 2014

ABOUT 94 staff members of Telecom Fiji Limited may face redundancy as part of the company's major restructure.

And the company began the redundancies yesterday.

This was confirmed by the chairman of the Bargain Representatives Unions of TFL, Uday Raju, after meeting with company representatives early this week.

Mr Raju said he met the company representatives on Monday and the company made a proposal to make 94 workers redundant.

"We requested the names of these workers but the company decided to keep that information confidential," Mr Raju said yesterday.

He said it would be a difficult time for workers who were made redundant and their families.

"Our hearts go out to them because there's not much we can do."

Kamlesh Reddy who worked for TFL for the past 13 years said he recieved his redundancy letter yesterday and was still trying to accept the news.

"I have two daughters and I am renting in Lautoka. Life will be very difficult for us now," Mr Reddy said.

He said his redudancy letter stated he would receive a severance package of one month's pay and one week's pay for each year of his service.

TFL is a limited liability company and 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH).

When contacted last night, ATH chairman Ajith Kodagoda, said he would comment today.

"Because ATH is a public listed company, it is required by law to get any media release approved by the Stock Exchange before it's released," Mr Kodagoda said.

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