9 Aug 2005

Fiji nurses return to work and secure pay demands

8:27 am on 9 August 2005

Fiji's nurses have ended their five-day strike and returned to work from 10.00pm local time last night.

Under the agreement signed late last night, more than 400 nurses whose salaries were deducted as a result of an error by the Public Service Commission, will be reimbursed within a week.

Graduate nurses will start on a higher salary scale and nurses and medical orderlies will be paid a shift allowance as well as a fortnightly duty allowance.

Part-time nurses whose contracts were terminated last week will be re-employed to complete their full one-year term.

An evaluation of nurses' jobs will be completed by October.

The general secretary of the Fiji Nurses Association, Kuini Lutua, says they have got what they wanted.

The Public Service Commission has agreed not to victimise any of the striking nurses but the labour minister, Kenneth Zinck, wouldn't say whether he would withdraw the complaint filed with the police and the director of public prosecutions.