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More soldiers to lose jobs

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MORE Fijian soldiers in the British Army stand to lose their jobs in the fourth and final phase of a redundancy program.

The Royal Navy, the Royal Air Forces (RAF) and the British Army announced the fields from which they will select personnel to be made redundant.

Responding to the questions sent to the British Army support officer based with the British High Commission in Fiji, Major Jim Hall, the British High Commission said these redundancies were not new and were the last tranche of the Armed Forces Redundancy Program that was announced in the strategic defence and security review in October 2010.

"This final tranche will only consist of up to 1505 personnel," the high commission said.

"This will include a maximum of 1425 soldiers, 10 medical officers from the Royal Navy and 70 medical personnel from the RAF."

The high commission further explained that the notice of redundancy would be issued on June 12 and those who had volunteered for redundancy and selected will serve up to six months notice before leaving the armed forces.

It said those selected, who have not volunteered to leave, would serve up to 12 months notice.

"Those who wish to leave earlier can apply to do so.

"Those who have not volunteered to be made redundant will be encouraged to transfer to trades, branches or specialisations where there is a shortage."

The high commission said they would be entitled to the same resettlement package they would have received had they completed the whole of their service commitment.

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