No special gifts

FSC workers in their new uniforms yesterday. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

RETIRED Fiji Sugar Corporation workers will not take home any special gifts from the company.

FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark made this comment after workers at the Labasa mill asked him about send-off gifts that were done for retired workers two decades ago.

A worker told Mr Clark that in the past, retirees were given gifts and whatever they wanted to take home from the workshop, as a token of appreciation from the company.

This, he added was apart from the send-off party held by workmates and certificate of appreciation.

Mr Clark said FSC certainly awarded retirees with the biggest gifts through the Fiji National Provident Fund pension.

“And it is the FSC that puts money for you into FNPF and that’s the biggest gift that an employee can get,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened long ago but things like giving them gifts from the factory are bad practice as well.

“This is because someone has to pay for that, and we pay for that, and we could utilise that money to pay for other things.

“Retirement is actually a joyous occasion.”

Mr Clark also assured workers that his management team would continue to look after the workers.

“FSC has plans and we plan very carefully but we can’t fix everything in one day.

“We are trying to bring back the skills of field services through technical advice from our team. “We also need to work with other institutes and use technology as part of the plans we have.”

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