Barr says 60% of wage earner are below poverty line

In Fiji, Father Kevin Barr said two thirds of Fiji’s population are living in poverty or close to it.

Representing the Peoples Community Network in a seminar titled “The Challenges of Poverty to the Constitution” held at the University of the South Pacific He said 60 per cent of the workers in full-time employment earned wages below the poverty line and 15-20 per cent of the people lived in squatter settlements.

“Poverty is a man-made problem which we ourselves can solve if we really want to,” he said.

Barr said the constitution should address the rights of all the people to their basic needs.Source

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