6 Oct 2005

Fiji electricity industry workers call off strike at last minute

8:35 pm on 6 October 2005

A strike by workers of the Fiji Electricity Authority deferred for 24 hours from last night to midnight tonight has only just been averted.

Radio Legend reports that this was confirmed after talks with the government arbitrator early this evening.

The FEA Staff Association general secretary, Daniel Urai, says they have decided to let the arbitrator handle their grievances when hearings begin on Wednesday next week.

The FEA's chief executive, Rokoseru Nabalarua, says they are glad that good sense has prevailed and the issues in dispute have gone to the tribunal.

Earlier, Fiji police had been placed on alert for any disturbances had there been a power blackout tonight.

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, said his officers were on alert for any emergency that might threaten law and order.

This included protecting key electricity and other critical installations from sabotage, securing prisons and activating contingency plans in police divisions around the country.