26 Apr 2009

Thousands in Fiji forced to retire

11:51 am on 26 April 2009

Several thousand employees in Fiji will be forced to retire this week under a new age limit imposed by the government.

The compulsory age for retirement has been brought down from 60 to 55.

The change had been challenged in the courts, but with the scrapping of the constitution, was introduced by decree.

Almost 1,000 teachers will end their working life along with 1,600 civil servants - including 400 senior employees.

The health service is due to lose 300 jobs, including those of doctors and nurses.