NEW PS FOL­LOWS IN FA­THER’S FOOT­STEPS

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - DAUNABUNA FEELS PRIV­I­LEGED TO BE FILL­ING HIS SHOES JES­SICA GOUNDER Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki

Newly ap­pointed Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Sala­seini Daunabuna is fol­low­ing in her fa­ther’s foot­steps. Mrs Daunabuna, 34 is the daugh­ter of a for­mer Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions and ex-chair­man for the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion Josefa Seru­lag­i­lagi.

She feels priv­i­leged to be fill­ing her fa­ther’s shoes and is thank­ful for his ad­vice re­gard­ing her new role. “He likes to give me ad­vice which is good and it’s a priv­i­lege to take up where things had been cre­ated. He adopted the oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety in terms of es­tab­lish­ing that and now it is a full blown pro­gramme,” Mrs Daunabuna said. Com­ing from a fam­ily of lawyers Mrs Daunabuna took up a ca­reer in law and grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Law cam­pus. For the past 10 years she has worked at the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s of­fice till she was ap­pointed to her new post on Tues­day. Mrs Daunabuna has three chil­dren. She feels she can achieve any­thing in life with the sup­port of her hus­band and fam­ily.

“Good fam­ily sup­port is the key re­ally and I think for work­ing moth­ers the first thing you need to know is how good is your fam­ily sup­port and if you have good fam­ily sup­port and you’re con­fi­dent of what is re­quired of you then there is noth­ing stop­ping you, sky is the limit,” Mrs Daunabuna said. Some of the chal­lenges she would be fac­ing in her new role would be han­dling is­sues where work­ers are be­ing un­der­paid. “Some of the big is­sues that were high­lighted re­cently were the is­sues of the worker not be­ing paid at the cor­rect rate or they are not re­ceiv­ing their pay and what we are try­ing to do is up­skill and get­ting this mat­ter through court, so that at the end of the day the worker gets what he is en­ti­tled to. “Em­ploy­ment cre­ation is the big one, we are try­ing to up­skill and hold on to and we are as­sisted through the na­tional em­ploy­ment cen­tre,” Mrs Daunabuna said.

Photo: Jes­sica Gounder

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