ABOUT 85 FIJI Water workers, who were made redundant in 2011, have received their bonus payment.
In a Ministry of Information statement, Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Jone Usamate said villages of Rabulu, Drauniivi, Togavere and other surrounding villages received their payments amounting to about $40,900 in December and early this year.
It said the issue was brought to the minister's attention by the workers during one of the minister's roadshows held last year.
The statement said consequently, investigations were carried out by the ministry's complaints resolution team (CRT), and with continuous networking and co-operation from the FIJI Water management, the team was able to facilitate the workers' bonus payment.
The minister thanked FIJI Water and its management for honouring their commitment towards the workers and closely collaborating with the ministry for the resolution of the cases.
"Fiji needs employers who care for their workers, and even for those who have worked for them in the past, to ensure that they are not deprived of what is rightfully theirs," the statement said.
"I am thankful that we have been able to work together with FIJI Water to assist these workers and I only wish more employers would show the same kind of concern for social justice shown by FIJI Water."
The statement said workers who received their outstanding payments were delighted and expressed their deepest appreciation towards the government and FIJI Water for the quick response on the settlement of their cases.
Loasana Turagabeci, who was made redundant, was elated to receive her payment and thanked the ministry and the company for the timely response.
"I would like to thank the Ministry of Labour and the management of the company for the payment," she said.
Vateria Raibulu, a widow who provides for her four children, was grateful to receive her bonus as the payment brought relief to her family who were grieving the passing away of a close kin.