Assaulted by Samoan boss, Fijian females seek authorities
A Fijian female employee at Serenity Beauty Salon in Lalovaea, Jiajiana Tuivita has filed complaints to the Police regarding an assault by her boss to her in their work place on Monday, 21st September.
The twenty-nine-years-old said she was assaulted by Faga Meleisea, owner of the salon after they tried to take their day off on Saturday, 21st of September while speaking to this newspaper.
“She just lashed out at me, pushed me first and then lucky it wasn’t that hard and so I told her she’s not supposed to that and she said how dare me, turned to Sai (other Fijian colleague)and told her she wasn’t like this until (this little witch) referring to me, came,” she said.
The distraught Fijian lady said their boss has never been good to them starting from the day she arrived and she gives the same treatment even to all her other employees.
It’s been one month now since she started working in Samoa for the same company and she was looking forward to working in Samoa as it felt like home in Fiji.
However, after the assault, she quitted her job and is now looking for justice from the authorities before she returns to Fiji.
Following Ms. Tuivitas’ assault was her Fijian friend, 34-years-old Sainimere Naivila who has been working at the for their boss as a housemaid for about two years now and was also assaulted many times before.
“My other Fijian friends even knew and witnessed that my boss would assault me any way she want, comes drag me on the collar and does whatever she pleases,” she said.
“Because I needed the money and I knew that my contract would be over soon, I stayed silent and now that this happened, I quit my job and I deserve more.”
On the financial level, the two Fijian females said even their payments were not worth the hard work and the hours they work for.
For Ms. Naivila, she was paid about $150 tala last year and she was only paid about $250 tala this year while as for Ms. Tuivita, she gets $180 a week.
“For us, it’s not fair because we’ve put in so many efforts and we barely go outside the building, we don’t even have proper days off and we’re more like being slaved in that company and including the other employees,” Ms. Tuivita said.
“Samoa is a beautiful country and it’s very much like our country back in Fiji. We even praise our other friends’ bosses because they treat them very well and we wish that’s the same with us but with our boss, it’s a very different story which is just sad for Samoa.”
Attempts to get a comment from the Police was not possible.