FSC Offers Redundancy Packages to Penang Mill Employees
The Fiji Sugar Corporation has offered redundancy packages to 104 Penang Mill employees.
After the ravages of cyclone Winston in 2016, FSC closed the Rakiraki Mill and redeployed its personnel into the Rarawai and Lautoka Mills.
The Corporation’s CEO Graham Clark said after almost three years of absorbing the Penang Mill employees into the Rarawai and Lautoka Mill operations, FSC has now given them the opportunity to either become permanent workers in the remaining two Viti Levu mills or take the redundancy package.
One of the provisions in the Employment Relations Act, in regards to Redundancy is that the Employer make every effort to try and find alternative employment for Employees, whose position is being made redundant.
FSC served the notice last week which will expire at the end of August.
The management is also looking at alternative employment, where possible.
Clark says “some employees have indicated their intention to stay on and if they do, new contracts will be drawn up, however others will receive redundancy packages”.
The redundancy package includes a 4-months’ notice period that the employee will work or be paid in lieu of notice, plus a 3 months severance pay and a payment of 2 weeks for every year worked.