Workers not aware of their rights

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The National, Monday 17th June 2013

 MANY workers are not aware of their labour rights, Southern Highlands Labour office co-ordinator Johnson Levi says.

Speaking during World Labour Day celebrations in Mendi last week, Levi said many workers were uneducated and had been suffering but could not get help as the purpose of a labour office was not known to them.

“Many people are working very hard and having restless hours but are paid between K100 and K150 on paydays. They know they are poorly paid but could not raise their concerns in fear of being terminated or laid off,” Levi said.

Only a handful of people and primary school students turned up for World Labour Day celebrations while for the rest it was business as usual Mendi.

It was not clear if the public was aware of the day and its significance, but Southern Highlands deputy administrator Ambe Keleli said labour was a vital component of everyday life and urged the labour office to conduct more awareness.