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Cane Lorry strike averted

August 7, 2015 8:13 pm

The Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Fiji Cane Lorry Association seem to have averted a looming crisis over machine harvested cane getting easier access to mills.

After initial concerns, the FSC decided to tip six loads of manually harvested cane for every load of machine harvest.

A nine day trial period ended this week with both parties now satisfied.

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However, FSC Executive Chair Abdul Khan says some lorry cane drivers are still raising a fuss without consulting the FSC.

_"It’s quite mischievous for some lorry people to make comments without really fully understanding what we had actually agreed upon on and I believe we will come to a reasonable solution that works for everyone.

Fiji Cane Lorry Association President Jiten Kumar told FBC News they will wait for the meet next week but for now, operations are going well.

Cane lorry operators complained that they were made to wait for days while the sugar mills processed machine harvested cane or billet cane as it’s known.

The drivers threatened to go on strike if a solution wasn’t found – so the FSC decided to process six trucks of manually harvested cane before taking any billet cane.

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