1000-plus PAFCO workers demand higher pay

PAFCO chairperson Iqbal Janiff (left) with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the opening of the new freezer in Levuka yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

MORE than one thousand workers at Pacific Fishing Company Ltd (PAFCO) in Levuka are still demanding a higher pay rate.

During a talanoa session held at the Levuka Town Hall on Monday night and at the PAFCO factory in Levuka yesterday, disgruntled workers aired their concerns to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his visit to the Old Capital.

Their last pay rate increment was $3.49/hr and just a few days ago it was moved up to $3.69/hr which is to be backdated to January which the workers are still not happy about.

In his response to the workers’ demand, Mr Bainimarama said PAFCO had not made any profit in the past few years, therefore, the workers should not be demanding a higher rate.

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