Press Releases 2012

02/07/2012 17:18:56 Fake Brands up on Council’s Radar

Counterfeit brands of consumer durable goods remain a ‘big’ business in the hire purchase market in Fiji. And, the poor and the middle-class consumers are the ones most brutally hit by these fake brands.

28/06/2012 14:50:43 Call for Maritime Provinces to participate in the Shipping Fare Review

The Council is calling on the Maritime Province to participate in the review of shipping fare review to make their voice heard. Maritime Provinces should make submission to Fiji Commerce Commission because consumers in outer islands are greatly affected.

21/06/2012 17:12:29 Market hit with Fungus and Mould Plague

Consumers must be vigilant when buying masonite, plywood, hardboards and watch-out for mould and fungus infestation, warns the Consumer Council of Fiji.

20/06/2012 17:16:10 Council remains adamant on its report

The Consumer Council wishes to clarify few points raised by Courts Fiji Limited in its response to the Council’s report on “Hire Purchase Industry in Fiji”

20/06/2012 14:55:37 Vehicle spare parts review is welcoming news

The Consumer Council of Fiji welcomes the review of the price control order for vehicle spare parts and accessories, now being undertaken by Fiji Commerce Commission.

15/06/2012 16:01:34 PBS TV customers in dark over blacked out channels

SUBSCRIBERS of Pacific Broadcasting Services TV are being kept in the dark by the pay-TV station that has not explained why some of their channels have been off air since last week.

13/06/2012 12:19:26 Dental Scare

Beware of dentists who may give you the scare of your life with their unprofessional conduct, warns the Consumer Council of Fiji. The call comes after the Council received complaints from some members of the public alleging impersonation, negligence and incompetence against two Suva-based dentists.

12/06/2012 11:24:06 Council focuses on Consumer Protection in West

The Consumer Council of Fiji will be conducting workshop in the Western Division from 13 to 15 June focusing on why consumer need protection in financial services. The workshops will be conducted in Sigatoka, Ba and Rakiraki.

31/05/2012 16:16:33 Internet provider’s unfair contract

LOYAL customers of internet service provider (ISP) Connect who have been asked to migrate to new broadband packages are being made to sign a customer service contract that is unfair and harsh to customers.

03/05/2012 14:33:51 Security deposit bungle, check your bills

The Consumer Council is urgently calling on all Fiji Electricity Authority customers to thoroughly check their bills for at least the last six months after receiving complaints from customers where FEA had overcharged on the additional security deposit.

10/04/2012 16:40:10 Cooking gas prices not competitive, more evidence for price control

A Consumer Council snap survey of cooking gas prices in the Suva, Nasinu and Nausori area has found retailers charging beyond recommended retail prices (RRPs). RRP is the price which the Gas Companies recommends the retailer to sell the product. The intention is to help to standardise prices among locations.

05/04/2012 14:36:20 FEA FAILS TO DELIVER

Fiji Electricity Authority’s power sharing strategy following the recent flood in the west is causing frustration rather than providing temporarily relief.

03/04/2012 15:56:09 Unethical trade practices must stop: Council

The Consumer Council of Fiji is warning traders not to aggravate the hardship caused by the recent flooding to consumers in the west by increasing the price of basic food and non-food items.

02/04/2012 14:39:14 FEA security deposit promise fails

THE Consumer Council is disappointed that Fiji Electricity Authority has deviated from the time line it promised to consumers to pay their security deposit. FEA had staggered and extended the payment of security deposit from the initial 3 months to 6 months.

27/03/2012 16:13:14 Hair and beauty salon industry to issue receipts

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on hair and beauty salon industry to issue receipts to consumers for all their services. Consumers demand transparency and accountability when paying for goods and services. A receipting system will bring about transparency and accountability from hair and beauty salons.

23/03/2012 16:19:05 Some relief for Connect customers

CONNECT customers should breathe a sigh of relief after the internet service provider introduced a new plan – Connect Velocity as a choice for customers migrating to its new broadband plans.

21/03/2012 16:12:08 Consumers urged to voice out against ‘damaging’ service

The Consumer Council is calling on consumers to come forward and raise their concerns and complaints against hair and beauty salons for providing “damaging” service. The Council is extremely concerned with the standard of service delivery by some operators in hair and beauty industry.

20/03/2012 16:43:27 Gas price hikes

THE Consumer Council is again reiterating its call for gas prices in Fiji to be monitored and regulated.

06/03/2012 16:26:24 Council alerts students on dodgy higher education institutions

The Consumer Council of Fiji wishes to advice students, parents and guardians to first check with the Fiji Higher Education Commission to see if their preferred institutions are registered and recognized by Fiji Higher Education Commission before parting with their hard earned money.

05/03/2012 12:25:47 Consumers warned on hoax email

The Consumer Council of Fiji would like to advice consumers to refrain from clicking on any links or replying any emails which they receive from Bank of South Pacific (BSP) customer care for internet banking purpose.

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