Former mill worker claims FNPF denied him unemployment assistance

Saimun Kumar shows a reference letter that FSC issued him. Picture: ANISH CHAND

FORMER Fiji Sugar Corporation employee Saimun Kumar has claimed that the Fiji National Provident Fund has refused to give him $2000 that he went to withdraw as an unemployed person.

The Colasi, Rakiraki resident said he was given a letter from FSC, stating he was unemployed.

“FSC’s manager corporate told us we qualified to withdraw the money, but when we went to FNPF in Ba, they said we didn’t qualify for now,” Mr Kumar claimed.

“It was due to the fact that we had payouts from the FSC that we could use to survive.”

Mr Kumar received $8200 for 16 years of service at the FSC.

“I know I have to do something that’s why I have decided to open a small garage where I can do vehicle painting, panel-beating and welding.”

The 43-year-old is married with three children.

“My son is in Year 13 and my two girls are in primary school. Educating them and looking after their well-being as they grow up remains my priority.

“I really felt bad that day when they told me that I will have to go home because I was going to lose my bread and butter overnight.”

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