PM confirms 115,000 Fijians have lost their jobs or have had their hours cut as a result of COVID-19

PM confirms 115,000 Fijians have lost their jobs or have had their hours cut as a result of COVID-19

By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 09/07/2020
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirms that 115,000 Fijians or one third of the Fijian workforce have lost their jobs or have had their hours cut as a result of COVID-19.

While speaking via video conference at the International Labor Organization’s Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work, Bainimarama says COVID-19 is clearly the job killer of the century.

Bainimarama says he has met with many of these employees, listened to their stories behind the staggering statics.

He says if we stand any hope of stemming losses in employment in millions rather than billions, they need to act fast to rally to the aid of the most vulnerable.

Bainimarama adds Fiji is a COVID-19 contained country with no cases outside of quarantine facilities in over 80 days.

The Prime Minister further says even with our outbreak in Fiji ended and the global epicentre of the pandemic moving westward, the burden the Fijian people carry on their backs has not shifted an inch or lost a gram.

Bainimarama says that in many ways COVID-19 is deepening the very same inequalities exposed by climate change adding that neither climate change nor COVID-19 can be treated with over the counter cure-alls as both require prescriptive solutions including urgent solutions to adapt societies along with larger longer term shifts in the world economy.

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Womens Rugby World Cup 2022
Quarter-final qualification is now the goal for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15’s following their 21-17 victory against South Africa.
104 days ago

Queen Elizabeth II passes away
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
134 days ago

Fiji wins Melrose Cup after 17 years
Fiji wins the RWC 7s title after 17 year drought
136 days ago
The offer to Bainimarama was made in good faith – PM’s Office
The Office of the Prime Minister says the offer of a government quarters to be provided to the Leader of Opposition, Voreqe Bainimarama was made in go...
15 hours ago
Fuel and gas prices to decrease today
Good news for drivers as the price of unleaded fuel will decrease to $2.62 from today. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission says the ...
1 hour ago

Fiji TV announces operating profit of $616,989 for the six months ended 31st Dec 2022
Fiji Television Limited has announced an operating profit of $616,989 for the six months ended on 31st December 2022 against last year’s loss of ...
14 hours ago

Over 20 students with disabilities assisted by New Vision of Fiji
Over 20 students with disabilities received $300 back to school packs in assistance from New Vision of Fiji. New Vision of Fiji, Chief Executive ...
14 hours ago

U.S Indo-Pacific Command Commander visits Fiji and meets with RFMF Commander
U.S Indo-Pacific Command Commander Admiral John. C. Aquilino says he is honored to visit Fiji as it is important to meet with his counterparts and ...
14 hours ago

Tabuya urges women to get screened for cervical cancer
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Lynda Tabuya is urging women to get screened for cervical cancer as it is the number one cause ...
15 hours ago