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Ministry to probe work conditions following complaints

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, May 02, 2014

THE Ministry of Labour will carry out an operation to investigate the ill-treatment of DVD shop employees in Labasa.

This is after numerous complaints were lodged with Labour Minister Jone Usamate during his first roadshow in the Northern Division.

"Let's conduct an operation on movie shops and check on their books after this to ensure they are not exploiting their officers," said Mr Usamate.

An employee of a movie shop in Labasa said he was working long hours but paid less.

"I work overtime for seven days a week but I am not being paid according to those hours," the concerned worker said.

"I just want to know why the Labour office is not inspecting these shops because to me, they are not treating their workers properly.

"They should check these shops that are open seven days a week because their workers work these long hours but are not paid according to those hours."

Another DVD shop employee said the resolution from the Labour office was yet to be implemented by his employer.

He said while his case had been mediated on and a resolution reached, the DVD shop owners were yet to live up to their side of the agreement.

"It has been about a month now since the issue was resolved but I am yet get paid for that overtime .

Mr Usamate said ministry officials would follow up on the case.


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