12 Jul 2002

Fiji aviation workers call off work to rule as talks continue

10:44 am on 12 July 2002

Employees of Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific, have called off their strike action after all night talks.

Radio Fiji reports that the Fiji Aviation Workers Association and Air Pacific reached an interim agreement around dawn this morning which saw the strike action suspended only hours after it began at midnight.

The association's secretary, Attar Singh, says they will meet again this afternoon to discuss the employee's log of claims and three issues in dispute, some of which go back four years.

Mr Singh says talks will continue this weekend and they hope to reach an agreement by Sunday or Monday when the ministerial team which attended last night's talks will attens a roundtable meeting.

The suspension of the strike action has brought relief to the organisers of the summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries to be held in Nadi next week.

Earlier, indigenous landowners in Nadi had threatened they would not tolerate any strike at the airport or the resort where the ACP summit will be held.