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Ministry investigates

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

THE Labour Ministry is conducting an investigation into how cashiers in Labasa supermarkets stand for long hours at their work stations.

Labour Minister Jone Usamate said the ministry wanted to ensure that all workers were given a decent work environment.

"We also want to ensure that pregnant mothers are given the best possible care and work environment," he said.

"We have interviewed workers on their minimum terms and conditions of employment.

"We will ensure that employers provide chairs to those cashiers who need them to sit on while serving their customers as this is the responsibility of the employer on duty of care under section 9 of Health and Safety at Work Act 1996."

Mr Usamate encouraged workers who faced such problems to raise their concerns with their employers or with their local OHS committees.

"They are also at liberty to raise such matters with the ministry or with me directly.

"I urge all employers to ensure they follow the labour laws while conducting their business.

"They must provide a decent and safe environment for workers.

"It's also proper for workers to give their very best to their employers so the organisations that employ them can be productive," Mr Usamate said.

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