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10pc pay rise for frontline workers

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 23, 2014

SEVENTY frontline Biosecurity Authority of Fiji officers will receive a 10 per cent pay increase.

Tourism Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday: "This group has done a very good job of preventing the entry of animal, plants, foodstuff and diseases that pose a threat to our country, to our environment, agriculture and economy.

"The Bainimarama government takes the welfare of employees very seriously and believes that the public sector must offer competitive salaries in order to attract and retain the best people."

The minister said the pay rise was the first since BAF's reforms in 2011.

BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said he was proud of the incredible commitment of the staff whose work led to a number of achievements in 2013.

"Last year, BAF together with FRCA further strengthened Fiji's border security with the purchase of four new X-ray machines for Nadi International Airport," said Mr Khan.

He said the old X-ray machine in Nadi was transferred to Nausori Airport.

"We also embarked on vigorous termite operations in Lautoka to address complaints and create awareness to contain the spread of Asian Subterranean Termites there."

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