FIJI TIMES ONLINE
- Friday, August 14, 2009
THE Rabi Island Council has been handed a final notice to cough up $59,000 in employee contributions to the Fiji National Provident Fund or face court action. The unpaid contributions, accumulated over three years, has been an issue of intense discussions by the eight member council. Council chairman Bauro Vanualailai said the contributions are owed for more than 40 employees, both working at the council of leaders office and shop on the island and the Banaban Suva office.
Mr Vanualailai said an investigation is being carried out to determine the path of the money. "All we can determine at this stage is that instead of being used for its purpose this money was siphoned elsewhere and we are carrying out an inquiry to determine where it was used," he said.
"This has been something that we have often discussed because it affected the future welfare of our workers and we also breached the law in not paying," he said.
Mr Vanualailai said the council would have to fork out money to pay for the missing funds from its budget for the year.
"This is going to affect some of the developments that we have planned but with FNPF breathing heavily down our neck we have little option."