8 Jul 2002

Fiji aviation workers still plan to strike despite talks

4:28 pm on 8 July 2002

The Secretary for the Fiji Aviation Workers Association says their threat to strike on the eve of the African, Carribean and Pacific summit is still on despite ongoing arbitration.

Attar Singh says workers are still planning to shut down Fiji's air services despite the Labour Minister Kenneth Zinck referring their dispute with Air Pacific to compulsory arbitration.

Up to 1-thousand people are expected to attend the 78 nation ACP meeting in Nadi on the 16th to the 19th July.

Mr Singh says the threatened strike will prevent any flights going in and out of Nadi.

He says calling off the strike depends on the outcome of a preliminary arbitration meeting this afternoon.

He says workers are frustrated with the ongoing dispute and will strike to force a solution.

"Well in so far as we are concerned our plans for strike action is still intact and amongst the members there has been frustration that's been set in for a while. All we want to do is to try and see some sort of a quick resolution to the disputes, only following this afternoons preliminary hearing we will know as to exactly where we are"

Attar Singh