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Ex-employee Expected On Immigration Blacklist

A former employee of the Immigration Department was expected to be put on the blacklist after she failed to declare that she was still getting paid. The issue was brought
10 Mar 2017 11:00
Ex-employee Expected On Immigration Blacklist
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A former employee of the Immigration Department was expected to be put on the blacklist after she failed to declare that she was still getting paid.

The issue was brought to light by the Public Accounts Committee chairperson, Ashneel Sudhakar, in Parliament yesterday.

He said the issue was highlighted in the 2014 Auditor-General’s Report.

Mr Sudhakar said the former employee failed to serve 30-day notice after tendering her resignation, but was still paid her salary.

Responding to the queries, Director of Immigration Department, Nemani Vuniwaqa, said so far they had managed to recover $1300.

They have yet to recover another $1900 from the former employee.

Mr Sudhakar said the error was on the Immigration Department account.

Mr Vuniwaqa responded that the former employee had retired, but they took her back on a contract basis.

She later tendered her resignation on August 29, 2012 and failed to turn up to work the following week.

He said the former employee was later employed at the University of the South Pacific.

Acting director of Audit, Dineshwar Prasad, said terms and conditions of contracts included a 30-day resignation notice tendered the accounts personal should have act promptly to notify the Ministry of Economy.

Mr Vuniwaqa said they were still trying to recover the money.

“We are working in identifying where her current workplace is and I understand that she has already reached the age of 55,” Mr Vuniwaqa said.

“Then the most drastic step that we will take is taking steps to include her name in the controversy list in case she might try to leave the country,” he said

Mr Vuniwaqa said outside the hearing they would not report the matter to Police as it was an issue they would deal on a personal basis.

“You need to understand that this is an issue between the employer and the employee. We have to be more aggressive in our approach in order to recover these funds,” he said.

In dealing with such issues, he said they had put into consideration the former employer’s privacy too.

“We still go out there and do our ‘kerekere’ and ask them to pay. It was indeed a fault because she didn’t give 30 days’ notice, but after that she was out of the service. But we will ensure to recover these funds,” Mr Vuniwaqa said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj



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