Press Releases 2011
The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on local Shipping Companies making island trips to provide quality and timely service which consumers deserve.
The Consumer Council would like to reiterate the call made by Fiji Motor Traders Association for consumers to be wary when purchasing unknown makes of imported new vehicles available in the local market.
SERVICE stations are no longer what they used to be. Apart from many switching over to self-service, many service stations no longer provide the services that they used to be associated with.
The Council is advising all consumers to be extra vigilant when purchasing any electrical items from Duty Free Gift Shops in the Western Division.
The Consumer Council would like to warn taxi drivers not to mislead the public on the 20 percent taxi fare concession.
A tracking of Christmas sale prices on some gift stores by the Consumer Council has revealed that the so-called “Christmas sale” on their glossy catalogues is a gimmick and does not amount to real reductions in prices.
The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling for harsher penalties and better monitoring of traders practicing conditional selling.
A TRACKING of Christmas sale prices on some gift stores by the Consumer Council has revealed that the so-called “Christmas sale” on their glossy catalogues is a gimmick and does not amount to real reductions in prices.
The Consumer Council of Fiji would like to warn the public to be wary of impersonators who claim to be working for the Council and carry out unscrupulous activities along the Suva-Nausori corridor.
The Consumer Council of Fiji will be holding a two day workshop focusing on training Small Claims Tribunal [SCT] referees on consumer protection laws on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December at JJ’s on the Park. This workshop is funded by European Union and Australian Aid.
Once again the traders took advantage of 2012 Budget by increasing the price of products where there was an increase in duty but did not drop the price of products where the duty has decreased. For example the price of alcohol and cigarettes went up within few hours after the budget where as price of imported veggie has remained the same. Alcohol and cigarettes were old stock and yet the price went up whereas for imported veggies (also old stock), the price remained same despite duty reduction. The argument used by traders is inconsistent.
All Vodafone network consumers are strongly advised to be cautious of the company’s hyped and publicised promotions which ends quietly not known to many.
The Consumer Council of Fiji will be holding a two day workshop focusing on strengthening consumer financial protection in Tavua on 29 and 30 November. The Workshop will be opened by Mr. Joeli Cawaki, Commissioner Western.
THE Consumer Council is happy with the $100,000 increase in its grant from the Government for 2012.
The Consumer Council would like to remind tenants renting private and commercial properties to only pay the security deposit if the electricity account is on their name.
THE Consumer Council is calling on the authorities to consider imposing restrictions to traders who import white goods, electronic goods, vehicles, machinery etc without spare parts.
THE Consumer Council while welcoming the latest Commerce Commission announcement of reduction in wholesale interconnection rates is urging telecommunications service providers to drop their retail rates accordingly.
The Consumer Council would like to inform all consumers to be extra careful when buying refill cooking oil from supermarkets. The cooking oil you are getting refilled maybe a mixture of different types of oil and not the particular cooking oil you think you are buying.
While the Consumer Council is appreciative of the fact that a 20 percent fare concession has been awarded for up to 20km of distance to senior and physically challenged citizens, the Council however is disappointed with the inaction on the part of relevant stakeholders to make this happen. The new taxi fare comes into effect from 7 November and senior and physically challenged citizens are not aware how it will be implemented.
Only 15 per cent of Fiji's population gets to live over the age of 50 years as most people are dying due to non communicable diseases highlighted by Ministry of Health, is a matter of great concern for the Council.