8 Aug 2007

Fiji's interim administration will appeal any High court decisions relating to strikes

10:35 am on 8 August 2007

Fiji's interim administration will appeal any High Court decisions that go against it in legal action initiated by trade unions.

This has been clarified by the interim minister for the public service, Poseci Bune.

Mr Bune stressed the government's position after the Public Employees Union and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers called off their strike action saying that would take legal action against the government.

The Fijian Teachers Association and the Fiji Public Service Association have won a stay order against the lowering of the retirement age to 55 until a judicial review is complete.

Mr Bune says the unions are free to do whatever they want but the state will appeal any ruling that goes against it.

Mr Bune adds that in any case the compulsory retirement age does not come into effect until January 1st, 2009.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Nurses Association, whose members' strike has entered its 16th day without achieving any results for the union, is also talking of starting legal action.

Mr Bune has accused the association of negotiating in bad faith by constantly changing their demands in talks with the Public Service Commission.