11 Jan 2010

Fiji luxury resort in strife with staff over payment

5:26 pm on 11 January 2010

The Taunovo Bay Resort in Fiji could face huge fines if it's taken to court over alleged short-payments to its staff.

Ministry of Labour officials are conducting a series of meetings with management of the resort after staff complained about being short-paid since the end of last year.

The Director of Labour Compliance, Sadrugu Ramagimagi, says staff walked off their jobs for an hour last Friday to protest against the management of the resort which charges at least 700 US dollars a night.

He says if allegations are proven, the luxury resort could face a demand notice to meet failed payments.

"If they don't honour the payments - the demand notice, the next course I guess will of course, court action will be taken and it might involve penalties ranging up to about ten to twenty thousand."

Sadrugu Ramagimagi says discussions between the Labour Ministry and Taunovo Bay Resort are expected to conclude by Wednesday.