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Jack’s Staff To Start Work On Monday

Employees of Jack’s of Fiji garment factory will start work as normal on January 23. However, they will be relocated temporarily to other outlets and Jack’s stores in Nadi. The
21 Jan 2017 12:00
Jack’s Staff To Start Work On Monday
Some of Jack’s of Fiji garment factory employees at a safe distance during the fire. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Employees of Jack’s of Fiji garment factory will start work as normal on January 23.

However, they will be relocated temporarily to other outlets and Jack’s stores in Nadi.

The relocation follows a fire on Thursday that destroyed the factory at Bakers Lane off Sagayam Road in Nadi, behind Main Street.

The factory employed 180 people.

Jack’s of Fiji Group general manager, Avinesh Prasad, said they were working with their executive team to help employees get documents which they lost during the fire.

These documents include Fiji National Provident Fund cards, banks cards and other identification cards.

“Our team is facilitating all that and also trying to evaluate their damage,” Mr Prasad said.

“On Monday they will all report to work as normal and we are working with our executives on where we can relocate them, and right now we are looking at various places.”

He said the Group chair, Dilip Khatri, had assured the staff members that their employment was in place and they would continue their work as normal.

“The company has lost property and assets worth millions of dollars,” Mr Prasad said.

“The damage is in millions but we are trying to put everything together because we have incurred damage to the whole facility, equipment stocks and customer stocks.

“I assure all our employees, their families, customers and communities that we are doing our best to provide all the support that we can as a company.”

Mr Prasad said they were also waiting for a report from the National Fire Authority.

“We are giving them all the information that they need and staff interviews that they want to conduct in terms of ascertaining the cause of the fire,” he said.

Six of the factory staff members who were taken to private clinic for medical checks on Thursday were also released the same day, Mr Prasad confirmed.

Imran Ali, 25, who was one of the six treated, told Fiji Sun that he and the others had inhaled smoke while evacuating the burning factory.

“We were the last lot to come out and while rushing out, two people suffered foot injuries,” he said.

“I still have a headache and feel dizzy, but I am happy to be living.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said investigators were gathering information and Police would wait for the NFA report to determine if there was any element of arson.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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