20 Jul 2007

Fiji nurses warn of flight abroad if the five per cent pay cut is not reversed

10:02 am on 20 July 2007

The Fiji Nurses Association has warned that its members would take up job offers in Australia and New Zealand if the interim administration does not reinstate the 5% pay cut imposed in March.

The Fiji Sun quotes the Association general secretary, Kuini Lutua, as saying Fiji's loss will be Australia and New Zealand's gain.

She says hundreds of job offers are coming in from abroad where nurses are paid much more than what they can expect at home.

Ms Lutua says human capital is important but Fiji is not looking after it.

She has also accused the health ministry of not defending its members because she says "they are scared of the gun."

Kuini Lutua says she has made some last minute proposals to the government and is waiting to hear the response today.

Nurses are planning to walk off their jobs from midnight on Tuesday.