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No Unjust Treatment Based On Pay, Gender

No Unjust Treatment Based On Pay, Gender
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Employment Relations Jone Usamate (right) during the public consultation in Tavua on September 5, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
September 08
11:00 2018

There should be no discrimi­nation of pay at any work­place.

This was highlighted by Minis­ter for Employment, Productivity and Employment Relations Jone Usamate during the public consul­tation in Tavua yesterday.

“People doing the same kind of job should be given the same level of pay,” Mr Usamate said.

He said that no level of gender dis­crimination should be present at any workplace.

“There should be no discrimina­tion in terms of gender or any oth­er grounds.

“These are the values embodied in the Constitution, therefore manda­tory for everyone to follow it,” Mr Usamate said.

“The ministry is continually trying to align the International Labor Law into its constitution in order to prevent such cases at work­places.”

Rights of the employers and the employees, were also highlighted during the consultation.

“Our constitution has rights for everyone,” Mr Usamate said.

He added that the Government was also considering increasing the attachment allowance for stu­dents from $60 per week to $100 per week.

Mr Usamate said incentives had been in place for businesses hiring disabled persons.

“If you employ someone who is disabled, then you can claim 300 per cent tax rebate,” he said.

“Businesses hiring first time workers would be provided with a 200 per cent tax rebate.”

This was all to ensure a feasible growth and development in the labour force of the country.

Mr Usamate added that 150 per cent tax rebate would be provided to companies that send their staff to upgrade their qualifications.

Edited by Percy Kean


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