11 Jul 2007

Fiji nurses refuse to sign wage agreement

9:50 am on 11 July 2007

It's been revealed that one of the thee unions in Fiji's Confederation of Public Sector Unions (CPSU) did not sign last night's agreement which resulted in the proposed national strike being called off.

The Fiji Sun reports that executives of the Fiji Nurses Association met last night after which their general secretary, Kuini Lutua, said they were very unhappy with the 1% pay restoration from December.

Mrs Lutua says nurses feel they are worth more than 1% and they want a full restoration of the 5% pay cut earlier than December.

She says they are happy that the Partnership Agreement (signed by the deposed government) and the nurses' Memorandum of Understanding have not been withdrawn but they want these activated now.

Mr Lutua says there are a lot of things nurses fought for in 2004 and 2005 and they want those embodied in the new agreement.

She says she wants to discuss their grievances with the interim minister for the public service, Poseci Bune, today.