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Ministry Bags $600k Plus from Employers

The Ministry of Labour has recovered more than $600, 000 so far from employers this year who had failed to pay their workers. Director Labour Standard Ser­vice Atish Kumar confirmed
26 May 2018 11:00
Ministry Bags $600k Plus from Employers
Stakeholders at the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations to conduct review of the National Minimum Wage and Wages Regulations at the Tokatoka Resort, Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Ministry of Labour has recovered more than $600, 000 so far from employers this year who had failed to pay their workers.

Director Labour Standard Ser­vice Atish Kumar confirmed that there were still more claims that were expected to be heard by the Tribunal for similar offences.

Mr Kumar made the revelation at the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Rela­tions public consultations on the review of the National Minimum Wage and Wages Regulations at the Tokatoka Resort in Nadi.

He said: “The labour compliance section of the ministry has recov­ered more than $600,000 from those employers that have not paid their workers.

“We also have claims before the employment tribunal and we are regulating the arrears of wages of those workers whom that we have inspected the last two months. We are continuing with the aware­ness.”

The Permanent Secretary for Employment Production and Industrial Relations, Salaseini Daunabuna, said: “There were also increases yesterday for all the 10 sectors, from last year’s going into this year.

“We will continue that exercise by the Labour standard teams mostly in the areas we identify as hot spot areas, areas where we place a lot of emphasis on, but that does not mean that we don’t reach out to the other sectors. We have undertaken that and will continue to undertake this as well.”

The ministry, together with a consultant this week, held public consultations on the review of the National Minimum Wage and the 10 sectoral Wages Regulations.

This is in line with the Fijian Government’s commitment in protecting the most vulnerable in society and providing them a basic standard of living thus alleviating poverty.

The purpose of these consulta­tions is to meet with workers, em­ployers, municipalities and the public at large on the review of the National Minimum Wage and the minimum wage rates for the 10 sectoral industries based on the outcome of the Wage Survey Re­port of the Consultant produced in May 2017.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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