31 Jan 2004

Public sector strike looks imminent in Fiji

9:34 am on 31 January 2004

A strike by three large public sector unions in Fiji looks imminent following the breakdown of conciliation talks in Suva.

The general secretary of the Fiji Public Service Association, Rajeshwar Singh, says the unions had made concessions but the government would not budge.

Officials of the Fiji Teachers Union say they're prepared to go to jail to press their demands because the government has shortchanged them.

The labour minister, Kenneth Zinck, says the government has contingency plans in place and is ready to take on the unions.

The three unions are the Public Service Association, the Nurses Association and the Fiji Teachers Union, each with thousands of members.