25 Jan 2005

Concern in Fiji about exodus to Kuwait and Iraq

8:11 am on 25 January 2005

There's increasing concern in Fiji at the exodus of large numbers of workers for employment in Kuwait and Iraq.

Fiji TV says the latest organisation to suffer is the Public Works Department where 300 workers are reported to have left.

The general secretary of the Public Employees Union, Mere Rakai, says its members from the health and agriculture ministries are also resigning to go.

The military has already lost 360 officers and men and expects the number to rise to over 700 by July.

The United Nations has asked for more Fiji troops to provide security for its staff in Iraq.

The minister for home affairs, Josefa Vosanibola, is so concerned about resignations from the military he plans to take the issue to cabinet.