7 Jun 2007

Fiji public sector unions holding talks to avert strike action

7:59 am on 7 June 2007

Three of the seven public sector unions in Fiji will have talks with the public service commission today in a last ditch effort to avoid strike action.

The Fiji Times reports that the meeting will include representatives of the Fijian Teachers Association, the Public Employees Union, and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers, all of which are affiliates of the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions

The Council's general secretary, Attar Singh, is quoted as saying they have decided on a strike date already but are committed to having the talks with the ministry of labour.

The Fijian Teachers Association president, Tevita Koroi, says today's talks are the last chance for conciliation with the interim administration.

The unions have been threatening to take strike action over the public service commission's plan to cut civil service salaries by 5% and lower the retirement age to 55 years.