11 Oct 2006

Fiji public service union says redundancy figure "plucked out of the air"

11:03 am on 11 October 2006

Fiji's largest public sector trade union says the prime minister's announcement of 5,000 job cuts in the civil service is just a shot to keep critics at bay.

The general secretary of the Fiji Public Service Association, Rajeshwar Singh, has told the Fiji Times they have been asking the government for details of who the 5,000 are whose jobs will go.

But, he says, the government has not been able to pinpoint the jobs marked for axing and the figure of 5,000 seems to have been plucked out of the air.

Mr Singh is also questioning who will carry out the government's strategic plans if 5,000 jobs are lost.

He says the public service commission's little blueprint of public sector reform is devoid of any facts compared with the reality of the situation on the ground.