6 Aug 2007

Unemployed teachers in Fiji could be used to fill jobs left vacant by strike action

6:16 am on 6 August 2007

Applications from 800 unemployed teacher graduates in Fiji are to be reconsidered to fill jobs abandoned by members of the Fijian Teachers Association who went on strike last Thursday.

The Sunday Sun says this has been confirmed by the interim minister for education, Netani Sukanaivalu.

The unemployed graduates are from four government and church-run teacher training colleges as well as the University of the South Pacific.

Mr Sukanaivalu says when they looked at the strike they found that only 800 out of the 4,200 members of the Fijian Teachers Association went on strike.

He says retired teachers would also be asked to reapply.

The permanent secretary of the public service commission, Taina Tagicakibau, says there is a government mandate to recruit all resources and manpower needed to ensure the continuous provision of essential services.