People living with disabilities urged to register for placement of jobs

Joeli Koroitokonirewa asks the question on people with disabilities finding employment during a public consultation. Picture: SUPPLIED

PEOPLE living with disabilities who are looking for work have been encouraged to visit and register at the nearest National Employment Centre for placement of jobs.

This was stressed by the Minister for Employment Jone Usamate during the public consultations in Navua and Sigatoka.

In doing this, Mr Usamate has also urged all employers to employ people living with disabilities and adds that once persons with disability register they will then take it to the employers who may want to employ them.

He said under the new Fiji National Employment Policy 2018 which was launched last month, Priority Eight focuses on how to make it easier for disabled persons and elderly to earn an income.

Mr Usamate also highlighted that employers would get a tax rebate of 300 per cent for three consecutive years for employing persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, concerns were raised by the public to Mr Usamate if it was still possible for a person with disabilities to return to work if the employer is willing to employ them.

Mr Usamate assured the public that the Act states that an employer who employs 50 or more workers may employ physically disabled persons on a ratio of at least two per cent of the total number of workers.

The consultations continue in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki.

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