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Claims of workers being unfairly treated at the Pacific Fishing Company Limited (PAFCO) fishing company in Levuka have been brought to Fiji's Prime Minister’s attention.
Complaints about unpaid working days, low wages and unhealthy working conditions were some of the major issues discussed.
Workers were vocal during a three-hour Talanoa session with Bainimarama this week and expressed their disappointment with the operations of the company.
PAFCO Board Director Iqbal Janiff says the company is working hard to try and meet the demands of workers.
“We are having a meeting with the representatives of your unions on Friday, there will be some issues brought up, the issue of allowance that was raised earlier we will discuss this with your officials.”
PAFCO currently employs over a thousand people.
Meanwhile, PAFCO Board Director Iqbal Janiff has revealed that there have been several attempts to move the company from Levuka to Suva.
Speaking during a talanoa session with workers Janiff says despite these attempts by both local and foreign businesses, they will remain loyal to the people of Ovalau and PAFCO will stay in Levuka.
Janiff says the onus is on workers to work hard so that the company remains financially stable and continues to provide employment opportunities for the people in the Lomaiviti province.
“As long as the company can make a profit and can exist without making a loss the company will remain in Levuka, if the company cannot make a profit then why would the company operate.”
With the numerous new developments at PAFCO, Janiff says the company is expected to do well in the future.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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