20th September 12:11 PM
Security companies not paying workers according to minimum wage rate to have licences terminated
By Apenisa Waqairadovu
Wednesday 12/09/2018
Minister for Employment Jone Usamate

Security companies who continue to disregard the law and not pay their workers according to the national minimum wage rate will have their licences terminated.

This has been stressed by the Minister for Employment, Jone Usamate following concerns that some security companies are not paying their workers according to the Amended security services wage rate 2017 of $2.68 per hour.

Usamate says  the Ministry of Employment has held discussions with the Ministry of Defence and they now have an understanding that Security Companies who continue to pay below the minimum wage rate will not be permitted to operate.

The Employment Minister also highlighted that they will pursue measures to make sure that any contract that is given by government departments to security companies that are not abiding by the law be immediately terminated.

When questioned by Fijivillage on how many companies are being investigated, Usamate says that they were told about a particular company who is paying $2.40 and the case is before the Employment Tribunal, however Usamate did not specify the numbers but stated that there are other cases regarding security companies which are before the court.

Usamate adds that he has instructed his staff to carry out investigations on other security companies to make sure that workers are paid what they rightfully deserve.

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