11 Jul 2013

Fiji sugar workers contemplate strike over wages

7:16 pm on 11 July 2013

The Fiji Sugar and General Workers' Union is considering strike action to push for higher wages for sugar mill workers.

The union says it wants a review of wages for all mill workers, who it says have not had a pay rise in seven years, during which time the value of their wages has been halved.

It says it has become almost impossible for workers to make ends meet, made worse by the shorter seasons and smaller crops being harvested each year.

The union says the problems are compounded by the Fiji Sugar Corporation refusing to pay overtime.

It says the Corporation has consistently refused to discuss the issues with them.

The union says it has informed the government of its intention to ballot members on the prospect of industrial action per the requirements of the regime's Employment Relations Decree.