11 Jan 2008

Fiji public service faces cuts and overhaul

3:08 pm on 11 January 2008

Fiji's public service will soon go through an overhaul and makeover by the interim government, opening the possibility of many job losses.

The Interim Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has told the website Fijilive that the change will bring about the required improvements.

Commodore Bainimarama says the government will stringently control and rightsize Fiji's cumbersome civil service to an appropriate, sustainable level.

He says this will happen without compromising the provision of reliable, efficient services to the public.

The Public Service Commission chairman Rishi Ram says redundant workers will be compensated.

Public service union representatives and the PSC are expected to meet ahead of the planned downsizing later this year.

Last year, several public sector unions went on strike over pay cuts.