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War Of Words Continues Over Pay

There are different claims about the amount of Police back pay owing following the Job Evaluation Exercise done in 2004. During a meeting between the Acting Commissioner of Police, Isikeli
24 Dec 2014 10:38
War Of Words Continues Over Pay
Former Police Officers Association general secretary Lupe Dalituicama (left) and vice-president Aisea Taoka after meeting with Acting Police Commissioner Isikeli Vuniwaqa in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There are different claims about the amount of Police back pay owing following the Job Evaluation Exercise done in 2004.

During a meeting between the Acting Commissioner of Police, Isikeli Vuniwaqa, and the Former Police Officers Association yesterday it was claimed that only one payment (installment) was yet to be made to officer’s under the 2004 job evaluation exercise.

President of the Former Police Officers Association Ratu Meli Vakarewakobau brushed aside rumours that the money that was supposed to be paid in 2004 was diverted to other things.

“We were told today that nothing was lost or used elsewhere and that because the payment was huge, it was decided to be staggered,” Ratu Meli said.

“It was decided to be paid in installments and not in total.”

He said unfortunately for some reason, there was one payment that was held.

“So we were told that the payment would be done by the second pay period in January,” Ratu Meli said.

He said ACP Vuniwaqa did not want to meet with the former Inspector Tevita Ralulu because there was a formal body to deal with issues concerning former Police officers.

“We have a committee and we have a constitution so the ACP met with us and during the past year when we used to have meeting this issue ofthe 2004 back pay was never raised,” he said.

However Mr Ralulu, who says he has been dealing with the Government on behalf of former Police officers, had said that only one payment had been made.

“Where were these people for the past 10 years; what are they trying to hide: Because we want to know what happened to the money of 2004,” Mr Ralulu had said.

“Only six per cent was paid to us and we still had 24 per cent remaining.”

He also questioned as to why a meeting was conducted with the association when he had been dealing with the issue.

Meanwhile ACP Vuniwaqa said they had set up a dedicated taskforce that has been working around the clock to ensure the full list of officers entitled for the payout are accounted for.

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