The inclusion of Suva as a lockdown area now qualifies FNPF
members working within these parameters and whose employment has been impacted
by COVID-19, to apply for FNPF assistance.

The same arrangement implemented for the Lautoka lockdown zone,
also applies to working members in the Suva to Nausori corridor.

FNPF Chief Executive Officer Jaoji Koroi says that administration
of the assistance for this new confined area is no different from what is
already in progress – that is the Fund will be working closely with the
Employers through digital platforms.

“For Suva lockdown area, the member must be affected through reduced working hours, reduced wage rate/ salary, been sent on leave without pay or terminated or permanently laid-off. They can apply for a maximum of $500”, Koroi said

If the member does not have sufficient General account balance,
the Fijian Government will top up to the maximum assistance amount. The member
must also already have a positive General Account balance.

With regards to taxi drivers, the Fund will be working closely
with employers.

“There are four taxi companies that continue to pay compulsory contributions. These are the employers that we will target first, before we consider other taxi drivers in other situations or arrangements – but they must be an FNPF member”, Koroi said.

FNPF will publicise the list of companies for these identified
areas from early next week. Forms will be uploaded on the Fund’s website www.myfnpf.com.fj, and also made available
at the Fiji Post Office and District Offices.

“We are requesting for members understanding. We empathise with
all our members and only if we work together, then the process will be
smoother”, Mr Koroi continued.

For members who are currently unemployed, they can apply through
the Fund’s normal Unemployment Assistance which will require them to submit
their application within six months from being terminated or laid off. The
maximum amount for this assistance is $1,000, depending on the members General
Account eligibility.

FNPF continues to discourage all members from crowding its offices
unnecessarily, advising that the forms will be with Employers and no
distribution or submission of forms will be done manually at its offices.

“We have to bear in mind the physical distancing restriction and I urge all members to please comply with the safety regulations that have been activated at our branches”.

FNPF will continue to update its members through the media and social media and those with enquiries can email empcovid19@fnpf.com.fj

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