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Asbestos Scare Closes Vodafone, Jack’s Outlet

The Vodafone Fiji Limited outlet located at the Vodafone Triangle in Suva and Jack’s of Fiji on Pier Street were closed for businesses yesterday. This was in response to the
03 Jun 2017 10:19
Asbestos Scare Closes Vodafone, Jack’s Outlet
Jacks Suva branch Retail Manager Hazrat Ali closes the door of their shop in Suva due to asbestos threats in Suva on Friday June 2nd, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

The Vodafone Fiji Limited outlet located at the Vodafone Triangle in Suva and Jack’s of Fiji on Pier Street were closed for businesses yesterday.

This was in response to the revelation that asbestos was present at the Suva Civic Centre.

Vodafone Fiji Ltd chief executive Pradeep Lal said the company closed the branch as it was the sensible thing to do to ensure their staff members were not affected.

“Our staff were relocated to other retail branches and headquarters while we wait to hear from the Ministry,” Mr Lal said.

“In terms of reopening the branch, we are waiting for the Ministry’s green light to guide us about when we can reopen the branch for business.”

Jack’s of Fiji retail manager Hazrat Ali said they were also waiting for the Ministry to advise them if businesses could reopen soon.

“(The) majority of our staffs have gone home, but some have stayed back to work in other retail stores around Suva.

“We want the safety for our staff first before anything, because they are the reason why the company is moving forward.

“While we wait for the Ministry to advise if we can reopen, for now we are closed and will compensate our staff while they are home.”

Yesterday a statement from the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations said there is no directive for the closure of any business.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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