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Labor Ministry concerned about past failures, issues

By Ana Tudrau-Tamani SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 11, 2011) – Fiji's Middle East jobs scheme businessman Timoci Lolohea’s application to enlist locals for overseas recruitment has been rejected by the Labor Ministry.

Lolohea, is a representative of the UK-based Meridian Services Agency Limited.

The Labor ministry said that after a lot of scrutiny in relation to past recruitment failures of the agency and associated pending issues, Lolohea’s application was declined by the Permanent Secretary.

The outcome was conveyed to Lolohea and his team last Friday and his case is still before the Employment Relations Tribunal.

According to the ministry’s record, Lolohea has also registered another company called the Phoenix Logistics Cooperation Limited whose principal place of business is located at 16 Belo Street, Samabula, Suva.

Bole has appealed to Lolohea and other overseas recruitment agencies to comply with the requirements of the reformed labor legislations to ensure they discharge their social responsibilities to the people of Fiji in the spirit of good faith with good governance.

Meanwhile, another new recruiting agency, Phoenix Company, of which Lolohea is a representative, has also had its application turned down by the Labor ministry.

These following complaints received at the Prime Minister's office over the significant number of people crowding Lolohea’s recruitment office at Belo Street.

It has been confirmed that an investigation team from the ministry is undertaking compliance audits on both of Lolohea’s recruiting companies to ensure they do not undertake any enlisting as directed by the permanent secretary.

When the FijiLive news team visited the premises this afternoon, a lot of men were still inside while a note on the gate read 'No recruitment until further notice'.

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