The Fiji Nurses Association says it won't be intimidated by crowd control exercises carried out by armed riot police and the military.
The FNA are planning to walk off the job at midnight if it doesn't reach an agreement with the government concerning the restoration of a five percent pay cut and the retirement age to remain at 60.
Recently, armed police and military personnel have been seen practising crowd control exercises that have drawn comparisons to the Tiananmen Square type tactics.
The FNA general secretary, Kuini Lutua, says if they do go on strike, protests will be peaceful and she's baffled at the display of force, when a number of its union members are married to police and military men.
"W e're telling them you are not going to be that stupid to take that type of action against your wife, your mothers. Fiji's a very small place, almost everybody is related to somebody and we don't know how these people will face us."
That was the general secretary of the Fiji Nurses Association, Kuini Lutua.