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Fareed: Two Terminated Employees Paid Already

FHL, Fiji Television major shareholder, has reiterated that two of Fiji TV’s former employees who were terminated in December, have been paid whatever they were due as per their contract.
04 Feb 2015 10:36
Fareed: Two Terminated Employees Paid Already
FHL Group CEO and Fiji TV board director, Nouzab Fareed. Photo: RACHNA LAL

FHL, Fiji Television major shareholder, has reiterated that two of Fiji TV’s former employees who were terminated in December, have been paid whatever they were due as per their contract.

FHL Group chief executive, Nouzab Fareed, yesterday confirmed Tevita Gonelevu and Taniya Waqanika had funds deposited into their accounts on December 22.

“So I have a bank statement clearly indicating we have paid their outstanding pay as per this contract – whatever was due,” he said.

The contract for all Fiji TV employees says that an employer wishes to terminate a contract without cause, the employer shall give to the employee five months notice in writing.

Or, alternatively, payment in lieu of such notice based on the last salary the employee was earning prior to termination.

Wrong doing claims refuted

Meanwhile, Television Limited categorically refuted allegations of wrong doing which have been alleged by Ms Waqanika and Mr Gonelevu.

Mr Fareed said the decision to terminate the two employees was made by a duly constituted board of directors of Fiji TV.

He stated this was without any interference, direction or pressure by the Attorney-General, Solicitor General or any other officer.

“Furthermore, the decision by Fiji TV to Sub-License it’s exclusive rights with regard to Rugby events was taken exclusively by Fiji TV,” he said.

“There was no interference direction or pressure by the Attorney-General, Solicitor General or any other officer.

“Any decision taken by Fiji TV or any correspondence issued by Fiji TV was solely a decision by Fiji TV in the best interest of the company.

“Fiji TV was not at any time coerced by the Attorney-General, Solicitor General or any other officer.

“Fiji TV categorically refutes allegations made by the two former employees with respect to sharing of Rugby events and state such statements are clearly malicious, emotional and without any basis.”

Mr Fareed said these statements were a clear indication of disgruntled former employees as a result of decision by Fiji TV in the best interest of the company.

“Perhaps the employees should refer to their employment contracts which is clear on terms of engagement and termination,” he said.

Mr Fareed revealed that over the past four years, they have terminated 28 employees and the instance with Ms Waqanika and Mr Gonelevu was not the first.

He further stressed nobody could influence them as it was directors who made the decisions.

“We decide as to what is best for the company,” he said.

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