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Carpenters Fiji PTE Limited: Staff Offered Redundancy Packages

A former employee and a staff at the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers, have confirmed that the redundancy letters were given to some employees by the company.
06 Jun 2019 10:58
Carpenters Fiji PTE Limited: Staff Offered Redundancy Packages

Some staff of Carpenters Fiji PTE Limited have been offered redundancy packages.

The exact figure is unclear.

Redundancy package

The Fiji Sun has spoken to two former employees and has seen the copy of the redundancy letter.

A former employee and a staff at the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers, have confirmed that the redundancy letters were given to some employees by the company.

The union worker asked not to be identified, because he is not authorised to comment on behalf of the union.

A former staff is understood to have lodged a complaint with the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers which is said to be looking into the issue.

A former staff who wished to remain anonymous said “that the move was aimed at streamlining the business as cited in their redundancy letter”.

It is alleged that some staff who had been given their redundancy letter had previously held supervisory roles are experienced staff and who have worked for the company for more than 10 years.

Some of these staff were handed their redundancy letter and were told that it was their last day at work and that they needed not serve their one month notice as per their contract because the company would pay for it along with the package.

It is understood they will be paid for one week’s pay in a year according to the total number of years of service in the company.

No official comments yet

Two separate phone calls were made on Tuesday to two company numbers that were used by two former staff of Carpenters but were answered by another staff of the company who informed the callers that the two staff were no longer working for the company and that they were given redundancy packages.

The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations said last night that they would not comment on the issue, but would look into it and than make a comment.

Efforts to get official comments from the company for the past two days from the Carpenters Fiji Limited managing director, Daniel Whippy have been unsuccessful. Other staff who were contacted about this issue said Mr Whippy would be the best person to respond to the queries.

On Tuesday night Mr Whippy was contacted and said he would comment on the issue yesterday (Wednesday).

Yesterday Mr Whippy did not respond to phone calls and questions sent via email and text were not answered. The company general legal counsel/corporate secretary Vicky Chand was sent queries via email and a number phone calls were made to him but he said they are awaiting comments from the company director.

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