31 Jul 2007

Striking Fiji nurses assured of jobs when they return

12:30 pm on 31 July 2007

Fiji's public service commission has assured the country's nurses who have been on strike for seven days that they will have their jobs back when they return.

The assurance follows earlier concerns that they could be terminated for staying away from work for more than a week.

The permanent secretary of the PSC, Tainia Tagicakibau, says the nurses' strike is legal and they will have their jobs.

She says the PSC cannot terminate anyone for being on a legal strike.

Ms Tagicakibau says the nurses should return to work and let the government sort out their grievances when they are able to.

She says the government cannot negotiate under duress with a gun pointed at its head in the form of the strike.