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New proposals for unions

Fijilive, July 16, 2007 Fiji’s interim Cabinet ended an emergency meeting this morning with new proposals put on the table for the Fiji Nursing Association and the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Union. Public Service interim minister, Poseci Bune said Cabinet had approved a redundancy plan for those who will be turning 55 this year but this is subject to further negotiation by the unions and Government. The package will also be put forward to two other unions who have signed an agreement with Government last week regarding the 5 per cent pay cut. The Fiji Public Service Association and Fiji Teachers Union have agreed to the restoration of 1 percent pay cut by Government while the other two FICTU and FNA have declined the offer. ... New

Cabinet to Meet On Planned National Strike This Morning

fijivillage, July 16, 2007 A special cabinet meeting will be held this morning to set up contingency plans for the national strike planned by the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions. Interim Public Service Minister Poseci Bune has indicated that they are now looking at options to sub-contract the road works and water supply services to the private sector if the members of the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers and Public Employees Union go on strike. Bune has also revealed that they are also talking to retired nurses and nurses who are not members of the Fiji Nurses Association to ensure that hospital services are not affected. ... Cabinet

Nurses will stand firm

Fiji Times, July 16, 2007 The Fiji Nursing Association says it will not back down from its fight to keep nurses from leaving the country for better jobs overseas. General secretary Kuini Lutua said this was the reason behind the intended strike at the end of the month. She made the comment yesterday after interim Health Minister Doctor Jona Senilagakali maintained the unions and the media would be responsible if the nurses went ahead with the strike this month. Dr Senilagakali said he was confident the nurses would not go on strike because of their pledge as professionals. He attributed the nurses' steadfast stand to union leaders who were "paid to make noise" and the media for the "headlines" it used. ... Nurses

National Council of Women Supports FNA

fijivillage, July 13, 2007 The National Council of Women Fiji has thrown its support behind the Fiji Nursing Association in raising the genuine concerns of nurses who are planning to go on strike on July 24th. NCW Fiji said the nurses have a long standing plight about appropriate remuneration for the long hours they work. It said the 5% pay cut is putting a lot of strain on the nurses who are working longer hours to support their families. According to NCW Fiji, it is also concerned with the Fiji Nursing Association’s finding that a large number of nurses are now suffering from stress related sicknesses and complications. ... National

Nurses ready to go on strike

Verenaisi Raicola, Fiji Times, July 12, 2007 Nurses will go ahead with a strike on July 24 despite the fact the Fiji Teachers Union and Fiji Public Service Association have accepted the interim Government's offer of one per cent from the 5 per cent reduction imposed earlier this year. Fiji Nursing Association general secretary Kuini Lutua speaks with Verenaisi Raicola about their stance. ... Nurses

Nurses fight for their pay

Fiji Times, July 12, 2007 The Fiji Nursing Association will continue to fight for the restoration of the 5 per cent pay cut despite its partners going the other way. It rejected the deal reached with the State on Tuesday by Confederation of Public Sector Union partners the Fiji Public Servants Association and the Fiji Teachers Union. FNA general secretary Kuini Lutua said it was decided at an executive meeting of the Suva branch which has most members. "The nurses have given us the mandate and they are not going to accept the one per cent (agreed to by the unions)," she said. "We are saying we are worth more than one per cent." ... Nurses

Battle to go on, say nurses

Brenda Ragi & Amelia Vunileba, Fiji Times, July 12, 2007 The Fiji Nursing Association has branded the deal struck between the interim Government and the Fiji Public Servants Association and Fiji Teachers Union as "peanuts". However, association general secretary Kuini Lutua said this would not result in them going across to join a rival trade union umbrella body because "those people are very much politicised". She said while the association was a member of the Confederation of Public Sector Unions, the affiliates FNA, FPSA and FTU were allowed to have differences of opinions which were respected by other members. But she said the FPSA and FTU did not fight hard enough. ... Battle

Four of six Fiji public sector unions still plan to strike

Radio New Zealand International, July 11, 2007 Four out of six public sector unions in Fiji say they still plan to take strike action against a 5% pay cut and the lowering of the retirement age from 60 years to 55. The Fiji Nurses Association has broken ranks with the two other unions in the Confederation of Public Sector Unions which signed an agreement with the interim administration on Tuesday night and withdrew their strike notice. The Nurses Association general secretary, Kuini Lutua, says they want all measures taken by the interim government reversed and their pay fully restored by next month. ... Four

Fiji nurses unhappy with deal

Fijilive, July 11, 2007 Fiji's nurses are unhappy with the agreement reached between its sister unions and the interim Government. The Fiji Nursing Association general secretary Kuini Lutua said her members are unhappy with the proposal to have 1 per cent of the 5 per cent pay cut imposed by the interim Government early this year restored in December. Lutua reportedly said that her members want a full restoration of the reduced pay instead. Lutua hopes to meet with the interim Public Service Minister Poseci Bune today to discuss the matter further. ... Fiji

Fiji nurses ready to defy regime and go on strike - reports

Radio New Zealand International, July 11, 2007 Fiji’s nurses are reported to have distanced themselves from the agreement with the interim government to call off planned strike action. An agreement was signed with the Fiji Teachers Union and the Fiji Public Service Association to accept pay cuts as determined by the interim regime. The unions accepted the government offer to restore 1 per cent of the 5 per cent pay cut from December. But the Fiji Nursing Association’s general secretary Kuini Lutua has told Fijilive that her members are unhappy with the settlement and will go on strike on July the 24th. News Content © Radio New Zealand International © RNZI 2004

Fiji nurses refuse to sign wage agreement

Radio New Zealand International, July 10, 2007 It’s been revealed that one of the thee unions in Fiji’s Confederation of Public Sector Unions (CPSU) did not sign last night’s agreement which resulted in the proposed national strike being called off. The Fiji Sun reports that executives of the Fiji Nurses Association met last night after which their general secretary, Kuini Lutua, said they were very unhappy with the 1% pay restoration from December. Mrs Lutua says nurses feel they are worth more than 1% and they want a full restoration of the 5% pay cut earlier than December. ... Fiji

Association: Dying nurses a worry

Fiji Times, June 26, 2007 The Fiji Nurses Association has raised concern at the increasing mortality rate of nurses over the past ten years. Association general secretary Kuini Lutua said their statistics showed that eight members died in 2004, eight in 2005, six in 2006 and two nurses have died since April this year. Ms Lutua said with the five per cent pay cut nurses did not want to come back and work after their shifts. She said it was not fair for them and as a result they were suffering from burnout. Ms Lutua said there were many nurses admitted in hospitals, some were admitted at the psychiatric hospital, St Giles, and some had died. ... Association

Nurses Hoping to Avoid Strike Action

Fijivillage, June 24, 2007 The Fiji Nurses Association is keeping its fingers crossed that its members will not have to go to the extreme and walk off their jobs when their notice to hold a strike expires on July 19th. FNA General Secretary Kuini Lutua told Village News this afternoon that the nurses are aware of the oaths they have taken to tend to the sick. However, she said they also know that the only way to make the government of the day listen is through industrial action. Fiji Public Service Association Industrial Advisor Nirbhay Singh confirmed that plans are now in motion to ensure all civil servants who are members of the Confederation of Public Sector Unions are prepared to walk off their jobs. ... Nurses

Fiji nurses oppose further erosion of employment conditions

Radio New Zealand International, May 17, 2007 The Fiji Nurses Association says it is against a proposed cut of overtime for its members. The ministry of health has issued a new directive for nurses to take time off instead of being paid overtime. But the Nurses Association general secretary, Kuini Lutua, says its members don’t like the idea. “Right now, we have been trying to talk to the minister of health regarding non-payment of overtime. That is not fitting in well with our nurses because of the additional workload that is put upon a nurse that has to take on additional duties when other nurses are not available to work overtime.” ... Fiji

Nurses press their case

Fiji Times, May 14, 2007 If the Ministry of Health does not want to pay nurses overtime it should answer to patients when nurses do not turn up to work, says Fiji Nursing Association president Simione Racolo. The ministry last week issued a directive to nurses at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital they would not be paid overtime but would get days off. Mr Racolo said they had not received any official word from the ministry on the matter. "If we do not pay people they will not turn up for work or only work the required hours." He said there was a shortage of nurses at CWMH and it was run on the generosity of nurses working overtime. ... Nurses

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