21 Dec 2007

Fiji regime may appeal retention of retirement age of 60

4:08 pm on 21 December 2007

Fiji's interim regime says it may appeal a High Court ruling that has left the retirement age at 60.

Yesterday, the court ruled that the regime breached the Constitution when it reduced the retirement age for public servants from 60 to 55.

Justice Filimoni Jitoko said in his judgment that the Public Service Commission, by lowering the mandatory retirement age of public servants without the agreement of the affected party, was in breach of section 38 of the Constitution.

He also said the state failed to observe the basic rules of natural justice.

The interim government lowered the retirement age as part of its policies early this year.

But the action was challenged by the Fiji Teachers Association and the Fiji Public Service Association.