Fiji sugarcane workers’ pay, benefits sweeten


More than 2000 mill workers at the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) are getting a 5.3 per cent pay increase, equal access to health insurance and access to the special welfare fund. <!--more-->

Health insurance will now be available to all workers, with FSC paying for 50 per cent of the premium, Fiji Sugar Corporation Chairman Abdul Khan told media.

The pay raise and leveling of benefits come as a result of improved performance, lowering costs and increasing output. The pay raise will be retrospective to June 1 2013, and applies to all workers except company executives.

For the first time in more than two years, workers began to get paid overtime for extra hours this month. and FSC Chairman Abdul Khan traveled to all four mills to meet with the staffs to thank them for their hard work and listen to their input.

Fiji’s sugar industry was teetering on the brink of collapse some three years ago, Mr Khan said. “People were saying the sugar industry was dead and our workers were demoralised. Now, two and a half years later, FSC is in financial good health, the staff is motivated and full of confidence, and everyone is sharing the benefits of our success,” he added.

“We’ve come a long way in the past two and a half years. It’s because of the financial reforms and the hard work being done by everyone to make FSC more efficient and financially healthy. Everyone is pulling in the same direction,” Mr Khan said.

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