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Companies Warned

Foreign companies in the North have been warned to comply with Fiji’s laws or lose their registration. The warning has come from an Immigration Department team now touring the North
29 Oct 2014 13:33
Companies Warned

Foreign companies in the North have been warned to comply with Fiji’s laws or lose their registration.
The warning has come from an Immigration Department team now touring the North with staff from the Prime Minister’s Office and Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Office.

Speaking from Taveuni yesterday, Director for Immigration, Nemani Vuniwaqa, said in this visit they were checking on all foreign companies to comply with the Fiji’s standards. They were also checking on illegal workers, he added.
He admitted that his office had received reports that some companies were not complying with the laws and many workers were underpaid.

Mr Vuniwaqa said there were also issues on non-compliance of Occupational Health and Safety Service standards.

“There are also some other concerns raised by the workers that we are also checking,” he said.
He said the companies visited had been warned to comply with the Fiji standards or else they would be sent back.

“This is Government policy and we’re not rude to anyone.”

In Bua, a team from OHS checked a company’s operations, he said.
He said there were issues that needed to be addressed and the company had been told about them.

“They have to address these issue or else they would be take to task,” Mr Vuniwaqa said.
They were also addressing the wage issue.

Another issue they were looking at was those without the proper permit, he said.

In Taveuni, they were at a dam under construction yesterday and were happy to see that the company working there had complied with all the requirements needed.

Mr Vuniwaqa said the surprise visit was carried out once a year in the Northern Division and the foreign companies were always not aware of it.
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