1 Aug 2007

Some Fiji schools to be hit hard by teachers strike, parents to consider keeping children home

7:18 pm on 1 August 2007

Parents of school pupils in Fiji are reportedly being advised to consider keeping their children home from tomorrow when a nationwide teachers strike begins.

Members of the Fijian Teachers Association, or FTA, are among thousands of public servants expected to walk off the job after the interim government rejected their demands.

The unions have been demanding staggered restoration of a 5 percent pay cut and discussion for several other grievances.

Some schools will be hit hard by the teachers strike.

The deputy principal of Cila Central school in Nausori, Bani Bolatolu, says about 54 percent of their teaching staff are with the FTA.

He admits Fiji Teachers Union members and other teachers will have to bridge the gap left by the strike.

"It has been coming in on the television and the radio... parents have been advised to think about their children, looking after them at home.. that it would be advisable. Because we cannot tell them straight not to come to school (government policy). But otherwise the FTU and non-members will have to supervise, right."