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Call for enquiry

Litia Vulaidausiga
Saturday, August 16, 2014

THE Fiji Trades Union Congress is calling for a commission of enquiry into the death of an electrician who plunged to his death after his safety harness snapped.

Fiji Electricity Authority employee Rahul Ritesh Gounder fell from a pole near the Nadi Municipal Market on Saturday, and died at the scene.

FTUC president Daniel Urai claimed they were informed by other workers that the victim's harness allegedly expired last month and that workers were left to use expired harnesses while new orders were made from abroad.

He said their efforts to receive attention on such concerns were marred by the government's removal of workers unions.

"The problems in FEA are much more than just the belt snapping," he said.

"It's their policies which need to be reviewed in order to put safety first before profits and interest.

"Unfortunately it led to the death of a worker and the workers in FEA have no voice because they have no union and we demand a commission of inquiry by an independent body into this."

He said the workers had a bargaining unit but representatives were fearful of their job security and lacked the ability to effectively raise matters with their superiors.

Questions sent to the FEA yesterday remained unanswered.





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