18 Jan 2005

Fiji supermarket chain accused of ripping off employees

10:37 am on 18 January 2005

A member of Fiji's Labour Advisory Council claims that workers in a Fiji supermarket chain have been forced to sign for more than they actually receive.

Father Kevin Barr says that a number of check out girls told him during one survey that they signed pay dockets for $90 a week but only received $60.

He quotes Labour officials within the Fiji government as saying they could do nothing without an official complaint.

Officials have checked the pay records of employers but are powerless if employees have signed documentation.

Father Kevin says the girls are too scared to lay a complaint against their employers in case they are sacked.

Father Kevin is also part of the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy, which has conducted major surveys on poverty in Fiji over recent years.