Fiji' Largest public sector trade union is reported to be getting closer to strike action again.
Fiji TV says this follows the permanent arbitrator William Callanchini's outright rejection of a further interpretation of the Partnership Agreement signed between the Fiji Public Service Association and the deposed SDL government.
The decision has left the association's claim to 38-million US dollars in Cost of Living Adjustment payments for the years 2005 to 2007 in tatters.
Mr Callanchini says because the Partnership Agreement was an out-of-court settlement between the association and the government of the day, he has no powers to make a ruling on it and no choice but to reject the association's application.
Meanwhile, the Public Service Commission has confirmed that it has received a directive from the interim cabinet to withdraw from the Partnership Agreement with the unions.