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Fiji Sugar Corporation Offers Redundancy Packages to Penang Mill Employees

Fiji Sugar Corporation has offered redundan­cy packages to 104 Penang Mill employees. After the ravages of cyclone Winston in 2016, FSC closed the Rakiraki Mill and redeployed its personnel into
08 May 2019 20:17
Fiji Sugar Corporation Offers Redundancy Packages to Penang Mill Employees
From left: Fiji Sugar Corporation general manager Corporate Services Kameli Batiweti and Employee Relations manager Davendra Prasad overlooking a Penang Mill employee signing the receipt of his redundancy letter. Photo: Fiji Sugar Corporation

Fiji Sugar Corporation has offered redundan­cy packages to 104 Penang Mill employees.

After the ravages of cyclone Winston in 2016, FSC closed the Rakiraki Mill and redeployed its personnel into the Rarawai and Lautoka Mills.

FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark says: “After almost three years of absorbing our Penang Mill employees into our Rarawai and Lautoka Mill operations, we have now given them the opportu­nity to either become permanent workers in the remaining two Viti Levu mills or take the redun­dancy package.”

One of the provisions in the Employment Rela­tions Act (ERA 2007), in regards to Redundancy is that the Employer make every effort to try and find alternative employment for Employees, whose po­sition is being made redundant.

FSC served the notice last week which will expire at the end of August. Management is also looking at alternative employment, where possible.

Mr Clark says: “Some employees have indicated their intention to stay on and if they do, new con­tracts will be drawn up, however others will re­ceive redundancy packages.

“The redundancy package includes a four-months’ notice period that the employee will work or be paid in lieu of notice, plus a three months severance pay and a payment of two weeks for eve­ry year worked.”

Mr Clark says: “We have managed to identify ten roles for potentially 10 employees. It could be more as the months pass, we will have to wait and see”.

Employee letters were handed out this week to the Penang Mill employees.

Source: Fiji Sugar Corporation

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