19 Nov 2012

Fiji union group appalled at more 1,000 low paid road workers losing jobs

4:32 pm on 19 November 2012

The Fiji Trades Union Congress says the interim government should rethink its decision to make more than a thousand road workers redundant.

The regime announced last week that the jobs at the Fiji Roads Authority would go in a shake up with foreign contractors taking over.

But it says the redundant workers can apply for employment with the new contractors.

The FTUC says it is a devastating blow for the workers and their families.

It says given recent revelations that 9,000 graduates from last year are still to find work, the unemployed road workers do not stand a chance.

The FTUC says Fiji has an unelected government contracting out work to a foreign owned company without following any rules of transparency and accountability.