DISPUTE IN FIJI SUGAR JOB LOSS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 25, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The Fiji Sugar Clerks and Supervisors Association has strongly reacted to recent statements made by Fiji Sugar Corporation Chairman Hafiz Khan in the media.

Clerks and Supervisors Association National Secretary Satendra Singh has refuted claims by Mr. Khan that there had been meetings with the Corporation specifically regarding the laying off of workers.

Mr. Singh said the only meeting he was aware of was the National Consultative Committee (NCC) one. This meeting was convened by the Industrial Commissioner, Daniel Rama, on March 24.

At this meeting the FSC only made it known to the union representatives present there would be redundancies. Mr. Singh said this was only to occur after talks with the unions.

This is at the moment the bone of contention between the Union and the FSC.

"We wish to make it clear that to date we have not had any meetings with the FSC on their proposal to reduce the workforce," Mr. Singh said in a statement.

The FSC has sent a letter to the Unions outlining a proposed redundancy package. The Corporation is offering its workers three months pay plus a fortnight’s wages for every year an employee has been with the company up to a maximum of 104 weeks.

Mr. Singh however said his union has not made any commitment to this particular proposal by the corporation.

He is asking as to how the FSC came up with the figure of 400 workers when there had been no consultations with the Unions.

Mr. Singh said the statements by Mr. Khan held no water and the figure of 400 had been plucked out of the blue.

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