29 Apr 2002

Another Fiji garment factory to close

7:20 am on 29 April 2002

Yet another garment factory is closing in Fiji resulting in the loss of jobs for 600 workers.

The Chinese-owned Tijing Garments set up in Suva only two years ago is closing because of a lack of orders.

The owners of the factory said they had sold off some of the machinery and were shipping the rest back to China.

A total of 15 garment factories have closed since the May 2000 coup, leaving about 3,200 workers without jobs.

Employment in Fiji's garment industry has dropped dramatically and the Social Welfare Department saying it needs another 1-point-8 million US dollars to provide assistance to 2,500 families.