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Call to review policies

Jone Kalouniviti
Friday, February 07, 2014

FORMER Fiji Sugar Corporation workers living in Cuvu, Nadroga, have requested the FNPF to review its policies and assist unemployed people.

Former worker Abdul Kaiyum Din, 53, said fund members should be allowed to take loans.

In response, fund CEO Aisake Taito said the FNPF already had in existence the Unemployment Assistance Scheme which offered $2000 to those members who had lost their jobs.

This money is intended to cushion the effect of immediate loss of salary and assist members while they look for another source of income.

"We encourage Mr Din to contact the fund immediately if he is still unclear of his circumstances," Mr Taito said.

The Sigatoka farmer said he had worked for FSC for 31 years and needed support to send his two daughters to school.

He was among about 80 workers from Cuvu made redundant in 2010 and had yet to find work.

Mr Din said he had used up his redundancy payout and needed assistance to start up a small business.

Mr Taito said there was no loan scheme for members but a housing transfer scheme also offered the option to repay contributions back to FNPF.

FNPF will hold its annual member forum in the West next week.

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