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Sacked worker seeks answers

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A VALEBASOGA man in Labasa is demanding answers from a local security company on why he was sent home without a valid reason last week.

Sabid Ali, 40, said officials of the security company called him early last week and informed him to go home but did not give him a proper explanation for their actions.

"They gave me a letter and told me to go home and until today, I still don't know why they did that," he said.

"I have been visiting the Labour Ministry office in Labasa to lodge a complaint about the company since they were not paying me well.

"When I do overtime jobs, I don't get paid for it and they also don't provide food or transportation.

"I usually walk home after my overtime shifts at night and this usually takes me about one or two hours."

Mr Ali claimed the company was paying him $1.20 per hour ever since he started work eight months ago.

"I haven't been given a payslip but only a brown envelope that had the amount of my wages and my FNPF deductions."

Mr Ali said the money he earned from the company was the only source of income for his family.

"I am the only one supporting my elderly parents."

The company owner refused to comment when this newspaper contacted him yesterday. Labour Minister Jone Usamate yesterday said they were looking into the matter.

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