Monday, November 16, 2009

Military fatalities to get compensation - What about teacher fatalities, nurses, doctors, etc etc?

Fiji military servicemen who died or suffered serious injuries while serving in Lebanon and Sinai from 1978 to 1997 can now receive workers’ compensation.

This follows a Cabinet decision based on a submission by Filipe Bole, Fiji’s Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment.

Bole said there has been no compensation paid on all the death and injury cases reported by the Fiji military while serving under the UN interim forces - from 1978 to January 31, 1997 in Lebanon and from 1982 to January 31, 1997 in Sinai.

According to a Cabinet statement, the Fiji Battalion in Lebanon registered a total of 30 deaths and 120 serious injury cases while in Sinai, two soldiers died and 65 seriously injured.

Bole said the affected servicemen or their beneficiaries will now be compensated in 2010 and 2011.

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