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Review allowance

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, January 14, 2018

THE allowance given to attachees and volunteers needs to be reviewed, says the Fiji Consumer and Competition Commission.

Speaking at a consultation on the draft National Employment Policy in Lautoka yesterday, FCCC regional manager west Abdul Sheik said a detailed study needed to be conducted to gauge the amount of people who were dependent on trainee workers and volunteers.

"As far as payment is concerned for attachees and volunteers, at the moment for it's $30 for attachees and for volunteers its $120 weekly," he said.

"It is my recommendation that a survey be carried out looking at where these volunteers and attachees come from and those who are dependent on them.

"The survey should include things like whether they have parents dependent on them.

"At the moment they are receiving $120 and $30. Is that sustainable for them to meet expenses for daily living?"

Mr Sheik said Government should look at how attachees and volunteers could be better remunerated.

"The basic wage rate is $2.68 an hour. Should that be given or should they be compensated by the employer?

"A survey should be conducted looking at how many dependents these attachees and volunteers have and whether they are able to provide food for their families or not."

Employment and Industrial Relations Ministry deputy secretary Vilimone Baledrokadroka said the point raised by Mr Sheik had been noted and would be taken into consideration.

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