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FSC Employees 5 Percent Rise

JYOTI PRATIBHA lautoka Saimoni Delaibau, a father of two, and more than 2000 of his fellow Fiji Sugar Corporation workers have had a memorable family sports day, after Prime Minister
15 Jun 2014 08:25

JYOTI PRATIBHA
lautoka

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (retired) Voreqe Bainimarama meets and greets a family during the FSC Sports day at Natabua High School in Lautoka yesterday.

Saimoni Delaibau, a father of two, and more than 2000 of his fellow Fiji Sugar Corporation workers have had a memorable family sports day, after Prime Minister Rear Admiral (retired) Voreqe Bainimarama announced a five per cent pay rise for them.
The five per cent pay rise will be backdated to January 1 this year.
Mr Delaibau said: “We had been hearing about a pay rise, but I cannot believe that we have got it today and that too backdated from 1 January.
“This is very good news for us and our family members. Government has done so much for us and I wish to thank them for always looking after us and our family members.”
While making the announcement, Mr Bainimarama reminded the workers of Government’s commitment to the sugar industry and to them.
He said that some 200,000 people depended on the industry and that the workers had a huge responsibility on their shoulders when crushing for this season begins.
“The whole country values the contribution each and every one of you is making to the prosperity of your fellow Fijians.
“As you know, 200,000 people depend directly or indirectly on the sugarcane industry for a living.
“It is our country’s second largest income earner and the hard work you all do benefits all Fijians.
“In fact, many people had written the industry off, but all along my Government has been determined to keep it alive,” he said.

Major Announcement
Mr Bainimarama said the reforms introduced by his Government were much needed to keep the sugar industry afloat and to bring it back to its former glory days.
“In return for all your hard work, I have got an announcement to make to you today.
“In your next pay packet, every worker from FSC is going to get a pay rise of five percent, backdated to the 1st of January of this year,” Mr Bainimarama announced to a cheering crowd.
“I want to say that all of you thoroughly deserve this. It is not a handout. You have earned it. It is an acknowledgement of the hard work you have put in last season, so congratulations.”
Mr Bainimarama said the current state of the sugar industry was a shining example of what can be achieved when Government and the FSC workers come together and work in unity.
He said the pay rise was a fruit of their hard work and urged them to do better, reminding them that their contribution to the industry would not be forgotten by him of his Government.

Pay Budget
Corporation executive chair Abdul Khan said they have budgeted $1million annually for the pay rise and another $500,000 for the back dated pay.
He said their financial year ended on 31 May, and they had done reasonably well, adding that the pay rise was much deserved by the workers.
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