Fiji’s Employment ministry to investigate redundancy of 18 resort workers

Fiji's Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations. Picture: FT FILE

AN INVESTIGATION will be launched by the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations to establish whether or not the redundancy of 18 workers of a prominent resort in Fiji were treated in accordance with the Employment Relations Act (ERA) 2007.
Line Minister Jone Usamate confirmed this via a Government statement issued tonight saying on May 1, he was made aware, by way of a letter received on the day, that the workers of the undisclosed island resort had been made redundant.
“Under the Act, every employer who wishes to make workers redundant, must give not less than 30 days notice to the Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, and the workers themselves and their representatives,” Mr Usamate said.
“The employer must also give workers and their representatives as early as possible, an opportunity for consultation on measures to be taken to avert, or to minimise terminations, and measures to mitigate the adverse effects on any termination of the concerned workers.”
He said all employers must pay workers their wages due, annual holiday in addition to the one week’s pay for every completed year of service to the workers for redundancy payment.
He added redundancy could only be applied because of economical, structural and technological reasons.

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