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$25k compensation payout to families

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

THE Labour Ministry yesterday paid out $25,000 in compensation to four dependents of deceased government workmen.

The compensations were for a former military officer, a former civil servant at the Ministry of Health and injury compensation for a former policeman.

Minister for Labour Jone Usamate said government had set aside $1.5million for compensation for people employed in government.

"One of the important things that our ministry is trying to do is to make sure that all of the people that are employed, that the places you are worked in are decent and does not degrade your standing as a human being. It should be productive and safe," Mr Usamate said.

He said the money which was given to the dependents would not be an adequate compensation for their losses but hoped it would help them rebuild their lives.

It was an emotional moment for widow Karalaini Tubuna who received the workmen's compensation for her late husband. Mrs Tubuna collected her $10,000 cheque and said she intended to use it on her two children.

Her late husband, Eminoni Tubuna, was an officer of the Fiji Military Forces and died in 2011.

"The Occupational Health and Safety law has come into fruition now and people need to be aware of what the OHS policies are all about," Mrs Tubuna said.

"I'm glad and I thank God for this. I've lost my husband but this will be used for my children."

Mohini Lata also received $10,000 compensation for her late husband, who was a civil servant at the Ministry of Health.

Ms Lata is unemployed and plans to utilise the money for her two children.

Her husband died in November, 2012 and has been looking after her two children.

Two brothers also collected $5000 injury compensation for their late brother Alvin Prasad.

Prasad received injuries while on duty as a policeman. He has since passed on in circumstances unrelated to the injuries he received while on duty.

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