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Fijian Competition And Consumer Commission Warns Traders, Urges Employers Not To Take Advantage Of Their Workers

The authority has urged Fijians to send pictures and videos of any breaches on info@fccc.com.fj or message us directly on Facebook.
26 Mar 2020 12:06
Fijian Competition And Consumer Commission Warns Traders, Urges Employers Not To Take Advantage Of Their Workers
Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham.

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has highlighted two significant things it has observed in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

They are:

  1. Traders misleading Fijians by selling items which claim to protect them from and cure COVID – 19; and
  2. Employers not to take advantage of their employees.

Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham said: “We strongly condemn any businesses that are preying on Fijians in such a manner.

“This is especially heinous since, in this time of crisis, we need to be more considerate of each other than ever.

“We have received complaints against a few businesses that were selling items such as face masks and medicine with the claim that they protected against the COVID-19.

“These claims are misleading as these masks are not N95 masks, which are the only masks that offer any protection against COVID-19.”

The authority also stopped a trader who was selling juice, claiming it would stop COVID-19 and are monitoring all forms of misleading goods and services being sold.

“We urge Fijians to refrain from believing everything they read online and stick to advisories given by the Ministry of Health and the Fijian Government.”

The authority has urged Fijians to send pictures and videos of any breaches on info@fccc.com.fj or message us directly on Facebook.

Don’t take advantage of employees

Meanwhile, the commission is also asking employers not to take advantage of their employees.

Mr Abraham said: “As Fijians, we must seek to help each other out as much as possible.

“Do not expose them to danger or risk, think about how you would like to be treated in a similar situation.”

Mr Abraham said that an example of this was of taxi drivers overworking and exposing themselves to potentially dangerous situations so they could make up their quotas to taxi owners.

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