FSC work­ers urged to share con­cerns

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Em­ploy­ees of Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion (FSC) in Labasa have been en­cour­aged to share their con­cerns and sug­ges­tions to their em­ployer. Com­mis­sioner North­ern Jovesa Vo­cea, while open­ing the World Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety (OHS) Day cel­e­bra­tion at FSC mul­ti­pur­pose court on Thurs­day, said this should be done to en­sure a trans­par­ent and mu­tual con­sul­ta­tion process. “This is the key to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment in the work­place with re­gards to over­com­ing stress,” Mr Vo­cea said. “This year’s theme for OHS day is ‘Work­place Stress - A Col­lec­tive Chal­lenge’.”

Stress is a col­lec­tive chal­lenge be­cause it af­fects not only the worker but in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­ety around him, he said. “To over­come this chal­lenge we must work to­gether to elim­i­nate or min­imise this silent killer.

“Stress as de­fined by the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ILO) is the harm­ful phys­i­cal and emo­tional re­sponse caused by an im­bal­ance be­tween the per­ceived de­mands and the per­ceived re­sources and abil­i­ties of in­di­vid­u­als to cope with those de­mands. “I ap­plaud FSC Labasa in tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to sac­ri­fice a day’s work to cel­e­brate OHS day,” he said. “This in­deed por­trays the com­mit­ment by the man­age­ment and work­ers to­wards safety and I firmly be­lieve that FSC has set the wheels in mo­tion for other or­gan­i­sa­tions to fol­low in years to come.” Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion Labasa mill chief engi­neer and OHS com­mit­tee chair­man, Te­vita Ravulo said they be­gan cel­e­brat­ing OHS Day from last year.

“It is very im­por­tant for us to cel­e­brate this day to en­cour­age our em­ploy­ees to con­tinue to main­tain zero ac­ci­dents and OHS reg­u­la­tions at the mill,” Mr Ravulo said. Cur­rently there are 320 em­ploy­ees at the mill and dur­ing the crush­ing sea­son there are usu­ally more than 500 em­ploy­ees. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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