27 Jul 2007

Fiji interim government faces ultimatum to avoid another public servants strike next week

1:54 pm on 27 July 2007

The Fiji Island Council of Trade Unions says cabinet must agree to all its conditions if it is to avoid a strike on the second of August.

Unions in the Council threatening strike are the Fijian Teachers Association, the Public Employees Union and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers.

A spokesperson for the unions, Taniela Tabu, says talks with the Public Service Minister, Poseci Bune, have gone well and they have reached a common ground.

He says says they have set a timeline for this years five percent pay to be restored, as well as an outstanding ten percent that was meant to be paid last year.

He says he sees no reason for cabinet not to accept their proposal.

"We have made it quite clear to the minister, Mr Bune, that we want all those issues to be agreed to by the Cabinet. Not to drop one. If they drop one, then we will not accept any other proposal that's to come from cabinet. Then the strike will still be on, on second of August."

Taniela Tabu.