|One of the shafts at Vatukoula Gold Mine|
Vatukoula Gold Mine workers made redundant in 2006, are now waiting for their redundancy payments.
The Fiji Court of Appeal has now ruled out the appeal against an earlier decision of the High Court, upholding the awards of the Employment Tribunal.
The company, Emperor Gold Mines, made hundreds of workers redundant in April of 2006, when it began facing difficulty, offering two months pay plus 1 weeks pay for each year of service.
The decision was challenged by unions in the Employment Tribunal, which ruled workers be entitled to 5 months pay, plus 2 weeks pay for each year of service, giving an additional 3 months pay plus 1 weeks pay for each year of service.
The remainder of the workers were made redundant in December, 2006 when the closure of the mine coincided with the last military coup. This was also challenged and the Employment Tribunal ruled as it did for the earlier redundancy.
Emperor unsuccessfully challenged the decision of the Tribunal in the High Court and later appealed the decision of the High Court in the Court of Appeal.
The general secretary of Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions, Attar Singh, says the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal brings the long drawn matter closer to a conclusion.
Singh says a meeting of the affected workers will be held at Tavua Club this Saturday.