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FNU Staff Request Pay Rise

“We understand there are provisions of increment on an annual basis but some of our staff have been here for some time, two or three terms but they still sit on the same salary scale.”
24 Jun 2022 16:44
FNU Staff Request Pay Rise

A staff member of the Fiji National University told the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that for the past five years, there had not been an increase in the pay of its staff.

“I know it’s a government-owned university and during budget consultations, you have been saying that the cost of living has increased dramatically and that there are other avenues that the Government has worked on to support Fijians like free education,” the university staff told Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“Our last pay restructure was in 2015 and in 2017 there was an alignment.

“We understand there are provisions of increment on an annual basis but some of our staff have been here for some time, two or three terms but they still sit on the same salary scale.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was a valid suggestion and that it needed to come in as a submission from the university.

“Some of you might not know that the staff that worked at FNU were paid way below what they pay at USP and we improved on that significantly,” he said.

“We need to get submissions from the university, you need to talk to the council and reps to make that submission to us.”

 

Nausori corridor traffic

Government is looking at relocating some of its offices to the Nasinu area to help with traffic congestion issues faced in the Suva to Nausori corridor daily.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, made the revelation during the 2022-2023 National Budget Consultation held at the Fiji National University, Samabula Campus yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that the overall traffic issue was a big problem daily.

“Government is also looking at relocating some Government offices to the Nasinu area,” he said.

“At the moment, people generally live in that corridor, and they travel to Suva in the morning. If we shift some of the offices out to the Nasinu area, people will be travelling against the traffic.

“We have civil servants who work in Suva actually living in this corridor, so it will be easier for them to travel from home to work.”

FNU Occupational Health and Safety lecturer, Satish Narayan, also asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum if there were plans by the Government to construct double-lane roads from Nepani to Laucala Bay to address traffic issues.

“With respect to that specific road having a double lane, I know that’s been in the plan but whether or not we will include that in the next budget, I can’t tell you that,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“There’s a lot of socio-economic issues there too that need to be addressed, you have people selling stuff on the roadside. Where will you put them? Their livelihoods will be affected.”

He added that the way forward was to make public transportation more attractive.

“What we are planning on doing, construction starts next month for a suburban bus terminal from Valelevu. In that entire area, we will have this shuttle service running.

“One of the requirements is that out of five buses, one has to be electrical and that will address the environmental issue that is cones with traffic congestion.”
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