26 Mar 2008

Fiji interim cabinet to restore post coup pay cuts

4:26 pm on 26 March 2008

Fiji's interim cabinet has agreed to restore the remaining four percent that was cut from the pay of public servants last year.

One per cent has already been restored and backdated.

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has announced that the remaining four per cent will be restored in two, two-percent increases, one in July and one in December.

But there will be no backpay.

The senior industrial relations officer for the Public Service Association, Nirbhay Singh, says the issue of backpay will now be included in the still active pay dispute:

"The backdating of that to the original date is now in dispute. The government does not wish to do so. So based on that I think we will continue with our efforts to reach some sort of agreement with the government as part of the trade dispute."

The senior industrial relations officer for Fiji's Public Service Association, Nirbhay Singh