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No pay, tell us

Salaseini Moceiwai
Sunday, May 04, 2014

LABOUR Minister Jone Usamate has urged workers in the country to immediately lodge their complaints to their nearest offices if employers have not been paying them.

Responding to concerns raised by a group of hotel workers in Savusavu regarding their employer not issuing them their pay before sending them home, Mr Usamate said it was only proper that people informed officials on time.

"When you come across a case like this, come to us immediately so we can attend to your problem promptly," he said.

"As soon as you know you are not being paid and are not given a satisfactory reason of the non-payment, let us know. The sooner you alert us, the easier it becomes for us to investigate your complaints.

"If you sleep on your complaints, it's going to take quite a long time for us to act on it. Investigating these sorts of complaints take time because we have to go through certain channels in order to get to the bottom of it."

Mr Usamate said the onus was on the workers to act efficiently.

"In some cases, if the employer finds out that he or she is under the spotlight, they travel overseas prior to the investigation," he said.

"The whole investigation will be halted to await his or her return. That's why it's important for people to visit our offices as soon as they come across this problem or any labour-related issues for that matter."





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