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Taxpayers Can’t Afford Unions’ Demands – Interim PM

fijivillage, July 19, 2007 As the Fiji Nurses Association and FICTU unions get ready to go on strike, the Interim Prime Minister has stressed that the taxpayers just cannot afford to satisfy the unions' demands. Commodore Frank Bainimarama said civil service expenditure needs to be stabilized and the 5 percent pay cut restoration being demanded by the Fijian Teachers Association, FNA, Viti National Union of Taukei Workers and Public Employees, are unreasonable. Commodore Bainimarama stresses that a national strike will do no good for the workers and the people of the country. ... Taxpayers

Bune steadfast on nurses' demands

Fiji Times, July 19, 2007 The interim Government could bridge the gap left by the departure of the increasing number of nurses seeking better jobs overseas, interim Public Service Minister Poseci Bune told Radio New Zealand. And Mr Bune is steadfast in his refusal to give into the demands of the nurses for the full restoration of the five per cent pay cut. Mr Bune says although Fiji has a critical shortage of nurses, the interim government is powerless to match the salaries of those in overseas employment. ... Bune

Fiji civil service unions warned not to politicise industrial issues

Radio New Zealand International, July 19, 2007 Fiji’s interim prime minister has warned four public service trade unions that going on strike for political reasons will be dealt with severely. Commodore Bainimarama says the unions seem to be moving beyond industrial issues. He says political agendas are coming out of the strike threat by the Fiji Nurses Union, the Fijian Teachers Association, the Public Employees Union and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers that are not in the interests of their members. Commodore Bainimarama says the government has moved significantly on three issues of contention in order to accommodate union demands. Only the retirement age is before the courts. ... Fiji

FNA Makes Last Proposal to Interim Govt as Strike Looms

fijivillage, July 19, 2007 As only four days remain before the Fiji Nurses Association is expected to stage their nationwide strike, it has made one last proposal to the interim government to try and reach a solution. Speaking to Village News from Labasa this afternoon, FNA General Secretary Kuini Lutua confirmed that they have submitted a revised memorandum of agreement and are hoping it will be accepted when they meet the interim Public Service Minister Poseci Bune tomorrow. When questioned on whether the FNA is willing to settle for a lower figure then the restoration of the entire five percent pay cut, Lutua said all will be known tomorrow. ... FNA

Fiji nurses warn of flight abroad if the five per cent pay cut is not reversed

Radio New Zealand International, July 19, 2007 The Fiji Nurses Association has warned that its members would take up job offers in Australia and New Zealand if the interim administration does not reinstate the 5% pay cut imposed in March. The Fiji Sun quotes the Association general secretary, Kuini Lutua, as saying Fiji’s loss will be Australia and New Zealand’s gain. She says hundreds of job offers are coming in from abroad where nurses are paid much more than what they can expect at home. Ms Lutua says human capital is important but Fiji is not looking after it. ... Fiji

Unions refuse to budge

Fijilive, July 19, 2007 The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions will not be deterred by warnings from the interim Government that they face termination should they go on strike. The comment comes after the interim regime warned civil servants that if their impending strike continued for seven days, without prior approval, they would lose their jobs. Union general secretary Attar Singh said Governments' warning was insignificant. Singh told Fijilive.com it is obvious from their statement that the interim Government is very concerned. ... Unions

Fiji govt refuses to restore pay cut

Radio Australia, July 19, 2007 Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the government will not give in to the demands of the unions for the full restoration of a five per cent pay cut. Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the government will not give in to the demands of the unions for the full restoration of a five per cent pay cut. He says cabinet has decided the government can only afford to restore one per cent by December. The Nurses Association has decided to go on strike from next Tuesday and Fiji Islands Council of Trade Union members are planning to walk out of their jobs on August 2. ... Fiji

Fiji nurses threaten move to Australia, NZ

Fiji nurses threatening strike action next week say they may take up work offers in Australia and New Zealand. Radio Australia, July 19, 2007 Fiji nurses threatening strike action next week say they may take up work offers in Australia and New Zealand. Pacnews reports that Fiji Nursing Association general secretary, Kuini Lutua, says about 1,400 nurses will walk off the job shortly after midnight next Tuesday unless the government overturns a five per cent pay cut. The pay cut was imposed on all public servants in March, part of a bid by Fiji's military government to rein in spending. Ms Lutua says Fiji's loss will be Australia and New Zealand's gain. ... Fiji

Fiji nurses eye NZ in pay dispute

AAP, July 18, 2007 Fiji nurses threatening strike action next week say they may take up work offers in Australia and New Zealand. Fiji Nursing Association (FNA) general secretary Kuini Lutua said about 1,400 nurses would walk off the job shortly after midnight next Tuesday unless the government offers them a 5% pay rise. That would reinstate wages to a level prior to a 5% pay cut the government imposed on all public servants in March. Since taking power in a coup last December, Fiji's military government has cut the wages of public servants and reduced the compulsory retirement age in a bid to rein in spending. ... Fiji

Interim Govt. to hire retired teachers if strike goes ahead

fijivillage, July 18, 2007 The interim government plans to hire retired teachers and consolidate operations of various health centers as part of its contingency plans if the Fiji Nurses Association and unions under the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions go on strike. Permanent Secretary for Public Service Taina Tagicakibau confirmed to Legend FM news this afternoon that they will ensure that none of the essential services such as water and road upgrading works, health services and schools are not affected by the planned strike. And with the FNA members expected to walk off their jobs next Tuesday, Tagicakibau also confirms that the Health Ministry is prepared. ... Interim

Govt will not give into FICTU/FNA demands - Interim PM

fijivillage, July 18, 2007 The Interim Prime Minister stresses that the government will not give into the demands of the FICTU unions and the Fiji Nurses Association for the full restoration of the 5 percent pay cut. Commodore Frank Bainimarama said cabinet has decided that they can only afford the 1 percent paycut restoration by December. Although the Nurses Association has decided to go on strike from next Tuesday and FICTU union members are planning to walk out of their jobs on August 2nd, Commodore Bainimarama remains adamant that the government cannot afford to restore the full pay of the civil servants. ... Govt

Nabouwalu police attempting to interview FNA members

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, July 18, 2007 The Fiji Nursing Association is angry police in Nabouwalu have attempted to gather information on their strike mandate from one of their members instead of from the association. Secretary Kuini Lutua says one association member informed her police attempted to interview her. Lutua says authorities that wanted to know more about the strike must ask the association and not harass individual members. ... Nabouwalu

Leave us alone: Unions

Fiji Times, July 18, 2007 Members of two public sector unions claim they are being intimidated at work. Fiji Nurses Association general secretary Kuini Lutua said nurses at Nabouwalu had reported that police officers visited them, saying they wanted to interview nurses there but didn't say why. "All I know is that police officers went to Nabouwalu Hospital to interview nurses but I have told the nurses not to allow the interview," she said. Mrs Lutua told the nurses to tell the police officers to contact her if they wanted to interview them. She said it was a threatening technique. ... Leave

Striking workers' jobs at risk

Fijilive, July 18, 2007 Civil servants who remain on strike for seven days will lose their jobs, the interim regime has warned. The interim Cabinet revealed today that any Government worker who continued to stay away from work for seven days without prior approval would be deemed to have resigned or be liable for termination. The Fiji Nursing Association and three other public sector unions have threatened to go on strike on July 23 and August 2 respectively over cost-cutting measures imposed by the interim Government. The Cabinet was today briefed by the Commissioner of Police, Commodore Esala Teleni, on the National Contingency Plan in the event of a strike. ... Striking

Fiji unions planning strike claim intimidation

Radio New Zealand International, July 17, 2007 Two Fiji public sector unions planning strike action in the next two weeks claim their members are being intimidated at work. The general secretary of the Fiji Nurses Association, Kuini Lutua, has told the Fiji Times police officers visited nurses at Nabouwalu in Vanua Levu saying they wanted to interview them but did not say why. Mrs Lutua says she told the nurses not to allow the interviews but to contact her. Mrs Lutua says this is a threatening technique and if it continues nurses will walk out immediately. ... Fiji

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