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President helps Fiji worker

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NAURU President Baron Waqa will intervene and help repatriate a young man from Lautoka who claimed he was ill-treated by his employer.

The young man's mother had approached The Fiji Times last Saturday seeking publicity on the matter because no one was willing to help her.

Sunita Devi of Bavadra Rd, Kashmir, said her son, Sanil Jeet Singh, had gone to Nauru on March 19 for work.

"There was an ad in the newspaper by a company looking for joiners and carpenters in February this year and he applied and got the job," she said.

"He left in March and was promised that he would be paid $A8 ($F13) per hour and that his accommodation would be prepared for him.

"He was also told by the man that hired him that he would be well taken care of while he worked on a major project."

Mrs Devi said after a few weeks, Sanil realised he was not given what he was promised.

"From the time he started until now, he has not been given a single cent. He lives with the man who hired him and sometimes is not given anything to eat.

"He is also threatened by his employer if he tries to go to anybody for help."

Mrs Devi said she feared that she would not see her son again.

"I don't know what is happening over there.

"Every time he tries to go to the police, he is threatened and I am afraid for him because it seems that no one wants to hear his plea. The man has my son's passport and refuses to release him."

A representative in the High Commission of Nauru office in Suva said they were aware of Mr Sanil's situation.

"We know about Mr Sanil and Mrs Devi and she has been trying to speak with the president when he came to Fiji last week for the PIDF," said the representative.

"As we speak, the President is flying back to Nauru and when he arrives, he will speak to the parties concerned including Sanil.

"We will try and get him on the next flight back to Fiji and that would be on the 29th of this month."

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