A Fiji sugar factory worker was critically injured when he fell into a tank of boiling liquid

A Fiji sugar factory worker was critically injured when he fell into a tank of boiling liquid at the Rarawai sugar mill. This is the second incident to be reported in a week.

A man last week was killed while trying to clean a conveyer belt when he accidently turned the device on.

Factories in recent year have been prevented from conducting their own inspections and have seen a grave deterioration in safety standards and proper training for the use of all equipment.

Factory supervisor reported that the man critically injured by falling into boiling water lacked the proper training or had no training at all.

Workers say they fear protesting their unsafe work environments but changes must be made to implement safety standards that preserve human life.

Workers in Fiji have very few rights, many live in fear and while they wish to raise their voices protesting has resulted in serious physical repercussions. Many workers stand in confusion as to which Employment Relations Promulgation they can cite to protect their rights, 2007 or 2015.

The military regime has adopted intimidation tactics to instil this fear in workers. They have systematically stripped away the rights of Fijian workers and have also targeted trade unions.

The right to assemble to freely and peacefully express your opinion as a Fijian worker can result in being detained by the regime for up to 16 days without a single charge. Under these horrific conditions, workers have been harassed and physically assaulted.

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