Association writes to PM in hope for talks

The Fiji Cane Lorry Transport Association has written to the Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar, Voreqe Bainimarama, stating their outrage at the treatment they are getting from the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

President Jitendra Singh told this newspaper it was their wish that the Prime Minister direct FSC management to sit down with them and address issues related to mill breakdowns.

“We deliberately did not inform FSC that we have written to the PM and we want to see if the PM orders FSC to talk to us,” said Mr Singh.

“Whenever we call FSC chief executive officer, he says for us to talk to director finance. Nobody is listening to us.”

The association had an agreement with FSC that drivers would be provided meal allowances should a breakdown exceed 12 hours.

“This year FSC has told us there will be no money paid.

“We have drivers who are away from their family for two or three days. This is inhumane.”

The association has about 1500 members around Fiji.

FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said they do not provide meal allowance to lorry drivers.

“We have regular dialogue with the lorry association and this matter has not been raised with me,” he said.