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Breach laws, pay fine

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, March 13, 2014

ANY employer caught breaching the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007 and the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1996 faces a spot fine of between $100 and $5000.

And when the matter reaches the tribunal, the employer may face a fine of $10,000 or two years behind bars, or both, if proven guilty.

Minister for Labour Jone Usamate made the comments in response to concerns raised by members of the public about how some supermarket cashiers in Labasa stood for long hours serving customers.

"Our officers conducted door-to-door labour inspections and provided awareness of the law to workers and employers," he said.

"This is to ensure that they are well-versed with their rights and responsibilities.

"We also conducted interviews on the radio, print media and TV on workers' rights under the law.

"Any employer found breaching the law will face the fixed penalty of between $100 and $5000 and when the matter goes to the tribunal, the penalties are a fine of $10,000 or two years imprisonment or both, and for a corporation a fine of $50,000 will be imposed."

Mr Usamate said the government had a simple vision of building a better Fiji for all.

"We must ensure everyone in Fiji works towards that vision to make it a reality.

"I encourage workers to give their very best to their employers so the organisations that employ them can be productive.

"When we have employers who do the right thing for their workers and employees who give their utmost best for their employers, productivity will grow," Mr Usamate said.

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