30 Jul 2007

Union says any sacking of Fiji nurses will trigger world support

4:58 am on 30 July 2007

The Fiji Nurses Association has warned that any mass termination of striking nurses will trigger international support for them.

The association's general secretary, Kuini Lutua, gave the warning amid TV reports that the permanent secretary of the Public Service Commission was seeking a fresh clarification of the legality of the strike.

Under government regulations staff absent from work for more than seven days can be sacked and the nurses strike is into its 6th day today.

Mrs Lutua says any mass terminations will result in international union bodies asking their members not to take up jobs left vacant in Fiji.

She says an alternative would be for their members to resign in mass so they can go and work abroad.

Mrs Lutua also says they are leaving it to the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, to resolve the strike.