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Security Firms Owe Workers $2m: Koroilavesau

Ministry of Employment conducted 31 labour inspections here.   Security companies in Fiji owe more than $2 million to its workers in overtime pay, the Parliament heard yesterday. This was
28 Apr 2016 10:17
Security Firms Owe Workers $2m: Koroilavesau
Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau,

Ministry of Employment conducted 31 labour inspections here.

 

Security companies in Fiji owe more than $2 million to its workers in overtime pay, the Parliament heard yesterday.

This was confirmed by Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau.

He made these comments while responding to a question posed by Government member Balmindra Singh regarding security companies in Fiji.

Mr Koroilavesau said the issue came to light after a team from his ministry conducted 31 labor inspections around the country.

“Our compliance section under the ministry is working overtime to try and bring in this amount of money and pay them to security workers,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“Security casual workers should be paid $2.51 per hour whereas permanent workers are paid $3.40 per hour; the workers too in these security companies they should have a $6 meal allowance for working overtime and the same meal allowance should be paid for ten working days.”

Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka said security workers were the most underpaid in the country.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika.

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 



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