Sam Saul said this is because of the delay by the now defunct RIPEL, to pay up the workers’ demand.
Mr Saul said workers who are indigenous people of the country and they have been waiting for far too long for their demands to be paid.
He said because of the failure to address their outstanding issues, they should continue to use RIPEL assets such as coconut and cocoa plantations.
“How can we stay there, do nothing and earn money?”
Mr Saul said it should be the government and other authorities’ priority to make sure workers outstanding issues are addressed.
“We are the indigenous people of this country and we should not be treated as foreigners.
“We want fairness and to be recognised than those foreign investors who came into our country and treat us unfairly,” he added.
RIPEL had successfully applied for a court order banning the former workers and anyone from using their assets including plantations in Yandina.
The multimillion dollar company was forced out of business in 2004 when workers turned against the company in a protest which resulted in ransacking of offices and buildings in Yandina.
By Jennifer Kakai
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