5 Oct 2005

Strike by Fiji Electricity Authority employees imminent

7:53 pm on 5 October 2005

A strike by employees of the Fiji Electricity Authority is almost certain with 70 percent of the workers expected to walk off heir jobs from midnight tonight.

Radio Legend reports that the Authority has confirmed that negotiations with the Allied Workers Union and the FEA Staff Association have failed.

The FEA's chief executive, Rokoseru Nabalarua, says they have now put in place contingency measures to ensure there are no power disruptions.

He also says any strike would be illegal as the dispute has been referred to arbitration for a resolution.

But the Allied Workers Union president, Leone Saketa, says they are going ahead with the industrial action and power supplies will be disrupted.

The general secretary of the FEA Staff Association, Daniel Urai, says they have communicated their decision to the workers who will walk out at midnight.

The striking workers will include engineers, technicians, maintenance workers and administrative staff.