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Employers urged not to prevent employees from voting

November 13, 2018 3:50 am

All employers are being reminded that Election Day is a paid public holiday.

However, the employers are being urged not to prevent employees working on Election Day from voting.

Suva Retailers Association President Vinay Kumar says employers are being urged to make the necessary arrangements to ensure their operations are not affected tomorrow as most businesses will remain open despite it being a public holiday.

”There is no law pertaining you need permission or something because the shop hours have been de regulated therefore any shop can open and it’s between the employer and the employee.”

The Suva Retailers Association is also reminding businesses that those workers who will be working tomorrow are entitled to double pay as stated in the Employment Relations Act 2007.

Meanwhile, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation chair Sandeep Chauhan believes every person must get an opportunity to vote.

“_Everybody needs to exercise their rights and as far as employers are concerned they should give enough time to their employees to exercise their right to vote.”_

The Employment Ministry says whether it is early in the morning or later in the day, workers and employers must cast their votes before the polling venues close at 6pm.