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Poverty eradication

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE problem of escalating poverty in the country will be addressed if the Fiji Labour Party wins the election.

The party, in its 2014 mini-manifesto, said it would increase the 8 per cent FNPF contribution rate, so that workers can retire in dignity on a livable income.

"FLP believes the current rate of 8 per cent is inadequate to ensure this. Indeed, statistics show that 60 per cent of pensioners worldwide, do not receive adequate stipend to live in dignity," the 2014 mini-manifesto said.

The party said it would concurrently introduce measures in full consultation with employers/employees' representatives to lift wage rates to acceptable levels.

"Reverse cuts in social welfare payouts — to ensure that all disabled and elderly persons living in genuine hardship receive State assistance.

"We will review the $30 food voucher to reflect inflationary trends."

The FLP said it had been advocating an old age pension for seniors who had no other source of income.

The 2014 mini-manifesto also focused on carrying out a comprehensive review of FEA tariff structures both domestic and industrial/commercial with a view to reducing the current charges.

The party says it will also focus on reinstating the Great Council of Chiefs.

"FLP recognises that the GCC has been an integral part of the indigenous community for the past 150 years and has played a key role in preserving and protecting indigenous welfare and interests.

"Major reforms and initiatives will be undertaken in the municipal councils and regional development bodies to streamline municipal authorities and create regional boards to plan and oversee integrated development in the different regions of the country."

The FLP said it would reinstate sugar industry institutions to provide to growers a voice in the industry and to ensure accountability and transparency in the running of the industry.

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