FIJI GOLD MINER HIRES BACK 141 WORKERS

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 31) – Emperor Gold Mining Company Limited has agreed to reinstate 141 permanent employees after they were made redundant late this week.

Mine Workers Union general secretary Satish Chandra said the employees would go back to work at the Vatukoula mine next Wednesday.

Chandra said the union was pleased the mine’s management agreed to take back the permanent employees following talks yesterday.

Emperor announced last Wednesday that 374 workers would be made redundant as part of restructuring the mine’s operations.

General manager Sean O’Connor said the management had to reorganise the workforce because of increasing operational costs.

Among those who lost their jobs were temporary workers and contractors.

Chandra said the union was now awaiting a draft of the agreement to reinstate the permanent employees.

The union had threatened to go on strike after the company announced the redundancy plan.

Chandra said that was suspended because talks with the mine’s management yesterday were successful.

January 2, 2006

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