11 Jan 2014

Travel ban for Fiji unionists linked to Sheraton strike

4:48 pm on 11 January 2014

A court in Fiji has imposed a travel ban on six people over an illegal strike at several Sheraton Hotels in Nadi on New Year's Eve.

Fijivillage reports the five unionists and a representative of a land owning committee were arrested and charged this week.

The six, including the general secretary of the National Union of Hospitality Catering and Tourism Industries, Daniel Urai, pleaded not guilty.

About 300 hotel employees had walked off the job, reportedly over pay issues.

An interim settlement was reached within hours, but the landowning unit said if their demands were not met within two weeks, they would boycott work again.

Although the labour minister declared that the strike was illegal, Fiji media say the hotel management agreed to pay the strikers.