THE People's Democratic Party will conduct more visits to rural areas in Viti Levu following a visit to the Northern Division last week.
During a press conference in Lautoka yesterday, party leader Felix Anthony said the tour had been particularly helpful in identifying common problems that people face every day.
"It is maybe an understatement to say that people out there are in a very difficult situation and life is pretty tough and it is struggle for them over the past few years to merely meet their daily needs," he said.
"I think the main issue there is putting food on the table. How families put food on the table for themselves and also meet their daily needs.
"These are tough times for people, especially when we have record unemployment in the country and many of our young people and elderly people are unable to find decent employment."
He said one of the concerns raised by the people was the minimum wage issue.
"They were concerned that this is basically ensuring people continue to live in poverty and in many cases, extreme poverty. There are also some employers who are misusing the National Employment Centre to hire attaches as permanent workers at $50 to $60 a week and displacing full time workers.
"This abuse must stop and workers are seriously complaining about this issue as this leaves many of our people out of employment."