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SODELPA Par­lia­men­tary Op­po­si­tion staff based at the Op­po­si­tion Cham­bers who live out­side Suva have been asked to doc­u­ment their pro­duc­tiv­ity af­ter the cham­bers was closed for ren­o­va­tions last month.

It comes af­ter an in­ter­nal memo, signed by chief strate­gist Pita Wise, in­structed to with­hold the salaries of a num­ber of staff mem­bers.

The memo stated that be­cause the Op­po­si­tion and Govern­ment of­fices were closed from April 17 for ren­o­va­tions, staff mem­bers were di­rected to work from the SODELPA of­fice on MacGregor Road. How­ever, some of them chose to work from the Par­lia­ment Li­brary to adhere to so­cial dis­tanc­ing rule. Mean­while, be­cause of the re­cent up­lift­ing of the lock­down, some staff liv­ing out­side of Suva chose to stay and work from home.

These staff mem­bers’ pay is now in ques­tion.

SODELPA does not have a work from home pol­icy, Mr Wise con­firmed.

Mr Rabuka said the memo was a re­sult of Mr Wise’s dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the work­ers turnout.

He said in­stead of to­tally go­ing straight ahead and with­hold­ing their salaries and wages, the staff were asked to ex­plain why they had not come for­ward to work when they were of­fered an al­ter­na­tive site for them to con­tinue their work which was at the party of­fice. “Some work­ers are work­ing at the party of­fice and some up­stairs to com­ply with the re­stric­tions given out by the health au­thor­i­ties and the govern­ment,” Mr Rabuka said. “How­ever, some of them felt that they were still work­ing well from home and that will just have to be clar­i­fied in their ex­pla­na­tions to the Chief Strate­gist.

“This is only for the time that they did not have a proper ex­pla­na­tion of why they did not come to work. “Some of the staff are work­ing from this of­fice and some are work­ing from the li­brary at the Par­lia­ment.

“As long as they com­ply with the Govern­ment re­quire­ment where they come in, clock in, reg­is­ter that they are work­ing and they are avail­able when called up via tele­phone or via email,” Mr Rabuka said.

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