4 Aug 2005

Fiji nurses give strike notice after breakdown of talks over pay anomalies

10:13 am on 4 August 2005

Fiji's nurses look set to stage a nationwide strike following a breakdown in talks with the government.

The Fiji Nurses Association gave a 28-day strike notice this week which expires at the end of the month.

The Association's general secretary, Kuini Lutua, says their grievances relate to salary anomalies.

Mrs Lutua says hundreds of nurse have been placed on a lower salary scale than they should be and deductions have been made from the pay of other nurses who the government says were overpaid.

Mrs Lutua says the breakdown in talks yesterday took place because there was nothing new in the government's attitude and the nurses feel betrayed.

The labour minister, Kenneth Zinck, has warned that if the nurses go ahead with their strike, he will declare it illegal.