The legal counsel
representing approximately 1000 former South Pacific Fishing Company employees, has written to Prime Minister Sato Kilman’s Office, to remind him of the men’s outstanding claim amounting to approximately Vt1 billion in outstanding salaries, and asked to meet with him over the report.
Principal Legal Counsel, George Boar, has forwarded copies of the documents from former Prime Minister Joe Natuman, who assured them that their case would go before the Council of Ministers for potential settlement when the reconstruction of the country following cyclone Pam reached a state of normalcy.
However the former Prime Minister could not fulfill his promise due to the outcome of a vote of no confidence in his leadership which succeeded in toppling him from power.
It was the position of the former prime minister that his Government was not duty bound by law to settle the former fishermen’s compensation claim in its entirely but that he recognized the situation they faced and was prepared to agree to a “goodwill payment”.
The offer was agreed to by the members who were looking forward to learning of the outcome of the COM meeting when his Government was removed from power.
In the latest development, the legal counsel has asked to meet with the newly appointed Prime Minister to discuss how the former SPFC employees’ outstanding (salaries) can be sorted out in light of the Report”.
He is waiting to hear from the Prime Minister’s Office at time of writing this article.