20 Oct 2007

Thousands of workers in Fiji's public service have their rates reduced

10:41 am on 20 October 2007

Close to 4,000 unestablished wage earners of Fiji's public service will have their wage rates reduced from this week, it has been revealed.

Fijilive online reports that some of these wage earners, including drivers and temporary relieving clerks, will see their wage rates reduced by a minimum of three cents and a maximum of 21 cents.

Fijilive has been reliably informed that this reduction is a result of a wage anomaly dated back to 1991 but remain unnoticed until 2005.

Public Employees Union or PEU general secretary Pita Delana told Fijilive that while the union is concerned about the reduction, it was left without any choice but to welcome the decision.

Mr Delana says it had no choice but to absorb the reduction because it had been been its mistake so its urging members to accept the change.

He says it will take 18 months to recover the over-payments.