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Nurses, medics back NCD Week

Fiji Times, November 7, 2005

The Fiji Nurses and the Fiji Medical associations have expressed support for the Non-Communicable Disease Week, urging health officials to be the first to practice healthy living.

Nursing secretary secretary Kuini Lutua said members were encouraged to practice healthy eating and living in their workplaces.

"Nurses have always been asked to eat healthily in their workplaces so they can be seen as good examples," she said.

"It would be good if the municipal councils built more recreational parks and walkways to be used people for safe walking and recreational activities," she said.

FMA president Dr Jona Senilagakali said they supported the NCD Week but it would take great willpower to eat healthily but the result would be rewarding.

"Healthy living and eating is the way to go for the future because a healthy population means money which allocated for hospital services could then be directed to other areas," he said.

$147m allocated for health ministry

fijivillage, November 4, 2005

The health ministry has been allocated $147 Million dollars in the 2006 budget.

$2.2 million of that sum will be going into the upgrade of health centres and nursing stations around the country while $500,000 being allocated for the combat of HIV/AIDS.

$825,000 has been allocated for the support of other preventative health programmes which includes non-communicable diseases.

The grooming of future nurses has also been a priority with $150,000 set aside for a new nursing school in Lautoka. ... $147m

Zinck and police on different strike pages

Fiji Times, October 4, 2005

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutors should stop playing games and seriously look at the files handed to them on investigations into illegal strikes, Labour Minister Kenneth Zinck said.

He said the DPP's Office was yet to lay any charges relating to the illegal nurses' strike in August because they wanted to maintain their independence.

"Our legal officers and the police have managed to investigate the legality of the strike and the report has been given to the DPP's office and they had to see which charges had to placed,” he said.

When asked if there was a possibility that the files had gone missing, Mr Zinck said there was no problem in conducting the investigations again but that it was important to ensure the legality of such strikes was examined.

PSC demands word on nurses' strike

Fiji Times, October 1, 2005

The Public Service Commission will write to the Ministry of Labour demanding an explanation on investigations into the Fiji Nursing Association strike in August.

Chief executive Anare Jale said as employers of civil servants, it was important that the PSC be informed of investigation results.

"The matter is really between the Labour Ministry and the police because the strike was in breach of the Trade Union Act.

"And if nothing has resulted from the investigations, then this is a matter of concern," Mr Jale said.

He said it would be disappointing if no action was taken against the FNA executives who led the strike without the 28 days notice.

"This raises concern that something has got to be done because as the nurses' employers, we expect action to be taken on those responsible," Mr Jale said.

Police hand over files

Fiji Times, September 10, 2005

A file containing details of preliminary investigations into the nurses strike would be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions by police.

Law enforcers said they had sought advice from the DPP and the Solicitor General's office when investigations into the strike should start.

Police assistant public relations officer, Acting Corporal Prashila Narayan said contents of the preliminary investigations would be sent to the DPP for further advice.

"Upon consideration of evidence gathered so far, interviews with two union executives and eight others will be conducted if directed by the DPP based on evidence," she said on Thursday.

The strike by nurses last month is being investigated under the Trade Disputes Act (Cap 97).

5000 people face job loss

Fiji Times, September 9, 2005

About 5000 civil servants will lose their jobs over the next five years if the Government wants to introduce a reliable, corrupt-free and efficient civil service, says the World Bank.

The bank termed it as a job loss on a scale that Fiji has not experienced and will cause social disruption and reduce government service delivery.

In its report on the Fiji Islands Mission on Public Sector Reform, the bank was tasked by the Government to provide means and ways it can allocate more funds to capital projects while reducing its huge wage bill which accounts for 80 per cent of the annual national budget.

The report said 1000 civil servants would have to be laid-off annually before the Government reaches its target of reducing the wage bill to 9 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product.

Nurses rise from protest

Verenaisi Raicola, Fiji Times, August 10, 2005

Nurses returned to work yesterday around the country

Nurses, who are often the first to handle a new-born and the last in contact with dying patients in hospitals, returned to work yesterday, after five days of strike.

Fiji Nursing Association secretary, Kuini Lutua, who seemed exhausted from the episode, between the Ministry of Health and the Public Service Commission, which she described as a hectic five-day protest said, "The good news is that the nurses' grievances will somehow be addressed.

"In good faith the nurses returned to work believing their grievances over the years have been finally put to rest.''

She said the nurses were fed up of raising the same issues over and over again and although the strike that started on Friday was not planned, they staged it anyway because they wanted the salary anomalies addressed once and for all.

State paid out too much

Fiji Times, August 10, 2005

The Government had overpaid the Fiji Nursing Association members by $417,000, from 2002 to 2003, says Finance Ministry acting chief executive, Paula Uluinaceva.

He said the amount was taken from the Health Ministry but was already within the ministry's budget for this year.

"It would have been a saving if this reinstatement was not to have occurred," he said.

He was reacting to the nurses receiving salary increases and those who had been over paid not to be surcharged after the association, Public Service Commission and Health ministry executives signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Monday night.

The signing of the agreement ended the nation-wide strike by the nurses that had started last Thursday after the Government did not address grievances on their salary anomalies.

Nurses return to work in North

Fiji Times, August 10, 2005

Striking nurses in all the four major hospitals in the Northern division returned to work yesterday, general manager hospital services in the North, Sister Litia Cava said.

"Some of the nurses returned immediately after the Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Monday night," she said.

Forty-six nurses at the Labasa Hospital went on strike last week while re-employed nurses and the new graduates held the fort at the hospital.

In Nabouwalu Hospital, ten striking nurses returned to work yesterday.

Sub Divisional medical officer in Nabouwalu, Doctor Mervin Keteinalagi said services at the hospital were back to normal yesterday.

In Savusavu, the outpatient department was in full swing with patients coming in numbers for medical check ups. Sub divisional medical officer Savusavu, Dr Mohammed Ishak said it was good that services were back to normal and those who had been working on 12-hour shifts were relieved.

Fiji nurses return to work

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, August 9, 2005

Nurses in Fiji have ended a five-day strike and are back at work.

Our reporter in Suva, Samisoni Pareti, says the nurses more-or-less forced Fiji's public service commission to agree to most of their demands.

Among them is the restoration of pay cuts that affected 400 nurses, which prompted about 1,300 members of the Fiji Nursing Association to walk off the job on August 4.

The commission has also agreed to look into nurses' demands for transport and other allowances. ... Fiji nurses

Fiji nurses continue strike action

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, August 8, 2005

In Fiji, a strike by the country's nurses is now in its fourth day with no resolution in sight.

Our reporter in Suva, Samisoni Pareti, says attempts to resolve the dispute over poor pay have only resulted in a deadlock.

Fiji's labour minister, Kenneth Zinck, says the government has agreed to 90 per cent of the nurses' demands, which include restoring the salaries of nurses who recently had their pay reduced.

Mr Zinck says nurses face prosecution for not returning to work. ... Fiji nurses

Fiji nurses strike over wages

Radio Australia, August 4, 2005

Nurses in Fiji have begun industrial action over a pay dispute.

Pacnews reports the nurses are also upset at plans by the Public Service Commission to lay off 150 re-employed nurses.

The hospitals affected by the nurses strike include Suva's main hospital, the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, and hospitals in the west and northern districts of the country. ... Fiji nurses

Angry nurses vow to go on strike

Fiji Times, August 4, 2005

Nurses will stage a nationwide strike if the Government does not address salary anomalies within the next month.

Fiji Nursing Association president Simione Racolo said a strike notice was filed on Tuesday because the association could not let the Government use its "common bullying tactics" on nurses.

Mr Racolo said the nurses would definitely go on strike at the end of the month when the 28-day notice expired.

"It is an old problem where the Government likes to attack the nurses all the time," he said.

"And we have just had enough of all these bullying tactics. If it does not address the salary anomalies, then we are walking out of our jobs."

Association officials met with government officials yesterday to discuss the problem.

Exodus starts all over again

Fiji Times, July 31, 2005

There has been a dramatic increase in the exodus of nurses since 2002, Fiji Nurses Association secretary Kuini Lutua says.

Mrs Lutua said while the exodus had dropped after they urged nurses to wait for the implementation of the Job Evaluation Report draft, more had left for greener pastures this year

"In the last count in May, more than 30 nurses had resigned and left for overseas. But to my knowledge about eight or 10 more have left since then," Ms Lutua said.

"The nurses have really had it with the kind of false promises that have been dished out to them.

"You know we have had so many research done on the migration of nurses overseas and the common observation between all these, is that one of the main factors is the poor pay and conditions."

Resign, nurses tell Jale

Fiji Times, July 31, 2005

The Fiji Nurses Association national council yesterday unanimously voted to issue a 28-day strike notice on Monday.

The association will register a dispute and its intention to go on strike notice with the Ministry of Labour.

And association secretary Kuini Lutua warned if the Government did not heed their grievances, more than 1300 nurses would go on strike around the nation.

"We are asking that all nurses salaries be corrected, regardless of whether they were affected by the salary anomalies," she said.

She said there was a particular need to consider the nurses who had missed out on the job evaluation exercise in 1993 and implemented in 1997.

"They are feeling it now because when the Cost of Living Adjustments was done in 2002, it was just peanuts - one per cent or two per cent.

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