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Railway soldiers

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, July 21, 2014

SEVEN years of serving under Her Majesty's armed forces has enabled some Fijian soldiers in the UK to earn themselves a living in the busy London City after they were made redundant.

Working in different railway companies in London is an occupation many of our Fijian men in the UK have come to love.

In an interview yesterday, former British Army officer Sokonaia Narawa revealed that working in railway companies in London had been of great assistance to many of his fellow soldiers as it helped them cater for their daily family living.

He joined the Aaron Rail, a railway company in Manchester, London, in 2008 after being made redundant in a major British Army cutback.

Since then, he has assisted many other former Fijian soldiers grab job opportunities in these companies.

"The pay is good because we earn every week unlike the army where we get monthly pays," Mr

Narawa said.

"Many of us are earning good money to cater for our daily family living and this job is really of great help in catering for our lives here in the UK."

"Some of our Fijian counterparts who are still in the army do weekend jobs here at the railway company to cater for their family living, it's a source of great assistance."

Mr Narawa said since joining the company six years ago, he helped many others who looked for jobs when they left the army and this had become a trend.

"Now it's easier for these other Fijians because we have the contact here, we have many railway companies in the UK and many of us are working here.

"Working here is really different from our army because here, we do a lot of courses and pay rise depends on the many courses we do.

"It has been the trend here that some join railway companies while some preferred to join private security firms.

"It is great that we get to help each other here and it's good money. We just love it here."

The brotherly love continue in the UK for these Fijians as they help each other find jobs and in making sure they earn themselves a good living away from their homeland.

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