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Govt Repatriates Body of Fijian Worker

The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations has repatriated the body of a Fijian fisher who died in a foreign fishing vessel in Panama waters on July 2, 2017.
23 Aug 2017 14:12
Govt Repatriates Body of Fijian Worker

The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations has repatriated the body of a Fijian fisher who died in a foreign fishing vessel in Panama waters on July 2, 2017.

Fesaitu Riamkau died after falling overboard while being employed as a long line fisherman.

The ministry investigated the matter and arranged with the employer to repatriate the body of the worker to Fiji under our law.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the body of the deceased worker arrived into the country on August 4, 2017.

The Workers’ Compensation Service of the Ministry of Employment has also successfully applied for and received workers’ compensation from the employer in the amount of $50,000. It will be paid to the dependents of the deceased worker.

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate, is urging all Fishing companies and vessel owners to attest Foreign Contracts of Service through the Ministry’s Labour Compliance Service for any Fijian worker who will be employed outside of Fiji waters.

“Companies can also contact the National Employment Centre (NEC) of the ministry for this facilitation,” he said.

Mr Usamate also urged all employers to ensure that they follow proper procedures under the Employment Relations Act 2007 and its subsidiary legislations when sending workers for overseas employment.

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