22 Jul 2005

Tourism disruption as Fiji hotel workers go on strike

6:06 pm on 22 July 2005

Fiji's key tourism industry faced major disruptions as thousands of hotel workers staged a lightning strike.

Radio Legend reports the strikers belong to the National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industry Employees.

The union's general secretary, Timoci Naivaluwaqa, says the walkout followed a breakdown in negotiations on their members' log of claims for this year.

Mr Naivaluwaqa says the Fiji Hotel Association was not dealing with their claims in the manner that was expected, resulting in the deadlock.

The president of the Hotel Association, Dixon Seeto, has confirmed the deadlock in talks.

Hotels and resorts are facing severe disruptions and many are operating with only skeleton staff in what is the peak season for Fiji's biggest industry.