Concerted efforts can rejuvenate Fiji Girmit Centre in Lautoka

Thakur Ranjit Singh Fiji Girmit Centre (FGC) in Lautoka, Fiji was established in 1979, to mark the Girmit Centenary of the arrival of Indentured Labourers. It was opened by former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on September 21, 1981. Today, FGC has degenerated into a sick and poor organisation of healthy and rich members. Sanatan, Muslim League, Arya Samaj, Sikh…

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People discuss solutions to crime and prejudice

Supplied Content Over 150 Ethnic Community Leaders and Government Ministers collaborated at the Inaugural Safer Ethnic Communities Ministerial Forum held in Auckland on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The Forum was opened by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and connected ethnic communities to several Ministers and their agencies to work on long-term plans to improve safety in our communities. The Programme covered…

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Government mulls changes to ‘troubling’ Holidays Act

Shane Cowlishaw Changes to the Holidays Act are being considered by the Government to address large-scale payroll compliance issues. Companies across both the public and private sector are facing the spectre of huge back pay bills because of complications in calculating holiday pay, mostly in industries where part-time and casual work is common. Hefty bills at Corrections, Police Most recently,…

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Deportation Case progresses in High Court

Staff Reporter Mr Singh (not his real name) had filed Judicial review proceedings challenging the decisions pertaining to his deportation. The Crown had not filed the Statement of defence as initially there were settlement discussions, which concluded unsuccessfully. The Crown then filed a notice of appearance under protest to the jurisdiction of the Court. The Counsel for the Crown submitted that…

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Worker exploitation rampant in New Zealand

Modern Slavery is becoming a menace Tod Cooper Our politicians and law makers need to accelerate the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act to establish clearer compliance expectations, tighter regulations and higher pecuniary consequences for individuals and businesses who support Modern Slavery. The UK example A good example is the UK’s Modern Slavery Act. All companies with a UK footprint and…

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Sir Anand Satyanand appointed to IACC Council

Sourced Content Former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand has been appointed to the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) Council for a six-year term. His appointment signals a significant advancement of the role of the Pacific and New Zealand within the international anti-corruption community. Sir Anand is a former Patron of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) and currently a member of the…

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