23 Jul 2005

Fiji's hotels and resort services suffer as strike continues

7:31 am on 23 July 2005

Services at Fiji's hotels and resorts remain crippled as a strike by thousands of workers enters its second day.

Members of the National Union of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Industry Employees walked off their jobs yesterday after a breakdown in talks on their log of claims for this year.

The union general secretary, Timoci Naivaluwaqa, says they want a 10 per cent across the board wage increase for all members covering the next three years.

Mr Naivaluwaqa has proposed a 10 per cent service charge similar to the one imposed in many other countries to help meet the workers' demands.

The minister for labour, Kenneth Zinck, has called an emergency meeting of the union and the Fiji Hotel Association to resolve the dispute.