7 Aug 2007

Two more Fiji unions call off strike action

7:16 pm on 7 August 2007

Two unions that have been on strike in Fiji since last Thursday have instructed their members to return to work tomorrow.

The Public Employees Union and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers had been hoping the government would refer their concerns to arbitration but it has refused.

The general secretary of the Taukei Workers union, Taniela Tabu, says they now intend taking legal action over the government cutting their wages by five percent earlier this year.

He says they will also continue to push for a ten percent cost of living adjustment to be paid.

Last Friday the Fijian Teachers Association was forced to end its strike when the government brought the school holidays forward.

Earlier today 20 members of the Fiji Nurses Association, which has been on strike for two weeks, were arrested during a protest outside the Cabinet Office.