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It’s illegal to use student nurses - FNA

Fijivillage, July 26, 2007 The Fiji Nursing Association said it is illegal for the Health Ministry to ask student nurses to fill in during the strike. General Secretary, Kuini Lutua said they have advised the students of the Fiji Nursing School not to be pushed into situations where a patients life could be at risk as many student nurses are helping out at major hospitals. Lutua also revealed that students of the nursing school want to boycott classes in support of the FNA, however they have advised them to wait until the need arises. ... It

Arbitration in Fiji nurses strike put on the backburner by Government

Radio New Zealand International, July 26, 2007 Fiji’s interim-labour minister, Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau, will not decide on arbitration over the nurses strike until other avenues have been explored. She says she won’t step in until both the nurses and the Public Service Commission have exhausted all possibilities, but the calls for the intervention of the interim Prime Minister is a hopeful sign that some resolution can be reached. Close to 1,000 nurses have walked off the job and are in their second day of a strike over demands to restore their 5% pay cut and other conditions. The strike is causing widespread disruption to health services including the shutting down of clinics, nurses stations, outpatient services and surgery. Mrs Rounds-Ganilau says she’s concerned for the country’s health situation as she doesn’t know how long the standby labour is able to carry on. ... Arbitration

Parties opt for arbitration

Reijeli Kikau & Amelia Vunileba, Fiji Times, July 26, 2007 After the deadlock in talks between the Fiji Nursing Association and the interim government, both parties agree the next step is compulsory arbitration. But this will have to ordered by Labour Minister Bernadette Ganilau. Public Service permanent secretary Taina Tagicakibau said both parties would have to go to compulsory arbitration if it was ordered by the Labour minister. "If the order of compulsory arbitration is determined than of course we will come but it is not the best option because of its lengthy process," she said. ... Parties

You'll lose more pay, nurses warned

Fijilive, July 26, 2007 Striking nurses have been urged to resume dialogue to avoid further cutting of their pay. All nurses who have gone on strike will have their pay docked off for each day they stay away from work, said Permanent Secretary of the Public Service, Public Enterprises and Public Sector Reforms, Taina Tagicakibau. Over 90 per cent or nurses, who are members of the Fiji Nursing Association, began their protest at mid-night Tuesday over the 5 per cent pay cut, retirement age and partnership agreement. ... You

FNA Targets Nurse Leaders

Radio Australia News, July 26, 2007 A news report out of Australian said that the striking nurses and executives of the Fiji Nursing Association have targeted nurses; managers to join them in their protest. The nurses’ general secretary Kuini Lutua said that with that move the Government will then seriously consider their concerns and address them, if nurse leaders join union members. Lutua told Radio Australia that this can also make officials of their line ministry seriously consider the nurses’ plight. ... FNA

Lutua should be held responsible, says Chaudary

Radio Fiji, July 26, 2007 Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudary said that the nurses general secretary Kuini Lutua ought to be held responsible for the situation the protesting nurses have found themselves in. Relating his version of events that led to the collapse of talks between the government and the nurses, on Tuesday Chaudary said that Lutua reneged on an agreement, after earlier approving a draft agreement. ... Lutua

No need for military support yet: Senilagakali

Fijilive, July 26, 2007 Interim Health Minister Dr Jona Senilagakali says his ministry does not need the services of the military to provide support following the strike by Fiji's nurses yesterday. Dr Senilagakali, who is a military doctor by profession, also questioned statements made by military spokesman Major Neumi Leweni who said yesterday that the military was ready to dispatch around 100 military medical officers and nurses to hospitals should it be requested. ... No

Most Hospitals did not face Major Staffing Problems

Fijivillage, July 26, 2007 Most of the hospitals around the country did not face any major staffing problems last night as members of the Fiji Nursing Association stayed away from work. Most hospital officials Village News spoke to this morning confirmed that nurses worked 8 hour shifts last night. Officials said seven cases at the CWM Hospital's Operation Theatre were successfully covered and all outpatient cases were seen at the Accident and Emergency unit. Two nurses worked at the Wainibokasi Hospital looking after seven patients and another two nurses have started this morning. In Navua, everything was normal as two nurses assisted in looking after 5 patients admitted at the hospital. ... Most

Fiji’s Health Ministry appeals for volunteers

Radio New Zealand International, July 25, 2007 Fiji’s health ministry has appealed for outside assistance to help in hospitals and health centres during the current nurses strike. The ministry has called on NGOs, religious organisations, women’s groups and volunteers to lend a hand. But the ministry says that after assessing the situation after the first day of the strike, all essential and emergency medical services are coping satisfactorily. Between 45 and 65 nurses are reported to be at work at the Suva, Lautoka and Labasa Hospitals but special outpatients clinics, surgery and special procedures have been cancelled. ... Fiji

Fiji women’s rights movement supports striking nurses

Radio New Zealand International, July 25, 2007 The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement is asking the country to support its striking nurses. Close to a thousand nurses around the country walked off their jobs after unsuccessful talks on the restoration of their 5% pay cut. The Women’s Rights Movement Executive Director, Virisila Buadromo, says nurses provide an invaluable service for Fiji’s people, but are underpaid and undervalued. She says the movement supports the nurses and is urging the authorities and other citizens to allow them to strike and protest in peace, and not engage in intimidation or harassment. © Radio New Zealand International

No wage negotiation for Fiji nurses

Radio Australia, July 25, 2007 Fiji's Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says he's saddened by the Fiji Nursing Association's decision to try to cripple the health services in the country. Commodore Bainimarama's interim government earlier said it's willing to talk with striking nurses at anytime, but is unlikely to compromise on the issue of wages. 1400 nurses who walked off the job at midnight local time protesting against a five per cent pay cut. Samisoni Pareti reports that in hospitals and medical clinics around the country, up to 80, in some cases 90 per cent of the nursing staff have gone on strike. Hospitals, like the capital's Colonial War Memorial Hospital, can treat emergency cases only, and patients in wards have been moved around to ensure that the few medical staff remaining could cope. ... No

Pay frozen for striking Fiji nurses

Radio New Zealand International, July 25, 2007 Fiji’s public service commission has issued an order freezing the pay of striking nurses as their industrial action enters its second day. The commission’s permanent secretary, Taina Tagicakibau, says freezing the pay is a requirement of public service regulations and those on strike will have their pay deducted. Meanwhile, the Fiji Nurses Association has called on the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to intervene and settle the strike because it says he has the power to do so. The association’s general secretary, Kuini Lutua, made the call after Commodore Bainimarama visited the health ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. ... Pay

Non-essential health services to be cut in Fiji because of nursing strikes

Radio New Zealand International, July 25, 2007 Plans are being made to curb all non-essential health services in Fiji as the nursing strike continues. The Fiji Nurses Association says almost one thousand nurses around the country have walked off their jobs after unsuccessful talks on the restoration of their 5% pay cut. The director of Health Services, Dr Margaret Cornelius, says the main part of their contigency plan is to cut down all non-essential services so all accident and emergency centres can be covered. She says they’re also looking at getting retired nurses and volunteers to help out while the negotiations continue. ... Non-essential

Fiji nurses picket outside workplaces as strike takes hold

Radio New Zealand International, July 25, 2007 Nurses in Fiji are picketing outside their places of work and nursing stations are being closed down as their strike takes hold. The Fiji Nurses Association says almost one thousand nurses around the country have walked off their jobs after unsuccessful talks on the restoration of their 5% pay cut. The Association’s general secretary, Kuini Lutua, says she’s hoping to hear from the public service commission today but doubts whether there will be further talks with the interim Public Service Minister, Poseci Bune, who has been reported as saying it doesn’t bother him if the nurses stay out for twelve months. ... Fiji

Fiji's striking nurses vow to stay out until demands met

Radio Australia, July 25, 2007 Nurses in Fiji have walked off the job, leaving hospitals and health clinics severely under staffed. The nurses began their strike action action at midnight local time in protest against the government 's refusal to restore a five per cent cut in their salaries. The Fiji Nurses Association says more than 80 per cent of the islands' nurses are members The military government failed in its last minute efforts to convince the nurses to call off the nationwide strike. Hospitals are now treating emergency cases only, with the nurses vowing to stay out until their demands are met. ... Fiji

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