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New, Unusual: Speaker On MP’s Backing Move

New, Unusual: Speaker On MP’s Backing Move
Dr Jiko Luveni
July 15
10:18 2018

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni has described as new and unusual a vote by Opposition MPs to support a motion to amend the Parliament Remuneration Act 2014.

This amendment will allow all MPs who have exceeded 55 years of age to be entitled to the Fiji National Provident Fund superannuation scheme, which will be topped up in their current wages.

It will be effective from October 6, 2014, to December 21, 2018.

The motion was moved by Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate and second by Opposition MP Prem Singh from the National Federation Party.

It was agreed unanimously.

Mr Usamate said FNPF contributions were discussed in a number of meetings in the House Committee.

“In fact most of us here are still members of FNPF while some MPs couldn’t join because some have withdrawn twice or are beyond 55 years,” he said.

Mr Usamate also said they had sought legal advice from the Solicitor-General’s Office on the amendments, but it would be determined by a Parliament resolution.

“Some MPs can no longer be readmitted to the FNPF scheme so the employers are no longer legally obligated to make the 10 per cent of the payment to the total wages payable to FNPF.

“The defect here is that some MPs are getting 10 per cent remuneration contribution from the employer and are still members of FNFP while some are not entitled to this, so they don’t get this benefit.

“Social justice is not available to certain MPs so there is some sort of discrimination there and 10 per cent contribution will be paid to them in cash. We need to treat all MPs fairly,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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