28 Feb 2007

Fiji's public servants to vote on whether to take action over pay cut

4:26 pm on 28 February 2007

Members of the Public Servants Association in Fiji will vote on whether to take action over a pay cut and a reduction in retirement age at their annual general meeting in two weeks.

The Fiji Times and FijiLive website both report that the interim administration is to go ahead with a five percent pay cut for public servants and reduce retirement age from 60 to 55 years.

The PSA's senior industrial relations officer, Nirbhay Singh, says it's yet to be made public whether all 25,000 public servants, including the disciplined services of the police, army and prisons, will be affected by the pay cut.

He says a vote will be taken by PSA members over the two issues, among others, at the meeting.

"If they vote in favour, they need to vote 50 percent and more in favour and then the association has the mandate to go the next step which is the reporting of a trade dispute and if that fails, then the notice of industrial action, thereafter."

Mr Singh says it's a long process and strike action would be the last resort.