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Burnt Factory: Work On Reopening

  The 60 plus workers who were left without employment after the United Pacific (Fiji) Limited was burnt down last week were assured yesterday that they would regain employment when
01 Oct 2016 09:50
Burnt Factory: Work On Reopening
United Pacific (Fiji) Limited Managing Director, Kamal Khalil with his employees outside his burned factory in Nasinu yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

The 60 plus workers who were left without employment after the United Pacific (Fiji) Limited was burnt down last week were assured yesterday that they would regain employment when their factory was refurbished.

United Pacific managing director Kamal Khalil assured his employees that their jobs were secured with the company during a press conference at the factory site in Makoi Industrial Subdivision, Nasinu.

“We are waiting to get the green light from the respective authorities and once we have their approval to move in, we will begin with the cleaning and rebuilding the factory,” Mr Khalil said.

Mr Khalil said it would take approximately three months to get the factory back up and running if everything fell into place.

Veteran worker Shakuntala Devi said yesterday she would wait for the factory to reopen.

52-year-old Ms Devi of Navosai, Narere, is the sole breadwinner of her family; worked as a machinist for United Pacific (Fiji) Limited and could not wait for the factory to reopen.

“I will wait till the factory reopens again because this is my family and I love working here,” she said.

Mr Khalil said his first priority was his over 60 employees and their jobs.

He said the estimated cost of damages was more than $10 million as they had recently installed new machinery in the factory a few weeks ago.

“We had an export business to Papua New Guinea exporting frozen chicken bags, polypropylene flour bags and Styrofoam meat trays,” Mr Khalil said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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