9 Aug 2005

Fiji labour minister proposes fines for unions involved in illegal strikes

8:28 am on 9 August 2005

Fiji's labour minister, Kenneth Zinck, is proposing stiff new fines for trade unions which engage in illegal strikes.

The Fiji Sun quotes Mr Zinck as saying any union providing essential services which takes part in a lightning strike similar to the nurses strike which ended last night will be fined US$60,000.

Unions not engaged in providing essential services which take part in a lightning strike will be fined US$12,000.

Mr Zinck says the fines will be part of the new Employment Relations Bill which will be tabled in the current session of parliament.

Mr Zinck declared both the nurses strike and another by hotel workers last month illegal.

He says strikes happen because of ego problems either in a union or in a stubborn employer.