More than 1000 workers to be laid off at Fiji Roads Authority

Updated at 4:44 pm on 14 November 2012

The Fiji Roads Authority is laying off almost all its staff, with more than a thousand being made redundant.

The Authority employs 1152 staff and 1035 are to lose their jobs but many could find work with the overseas contractors who will handle road works from next year.

The Ministry of Information says the change is part of the government's programme for a radical upgrade of the quality of Fiji's roads.

It says the overseas contractors will be required to pass on their expertise to local workers.

318 staff who have temporary positions will not qualify for redundancy payouts.

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