7 Sep 2006

Legal Action over electricity price hike in Fiji

9:46 am on 7 September 2006

The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions is proposing legal action over the decision of the state-owned Fiji Electricity Authority to increase power prices by 30-percent through a fuel surcharge.

The trade union umbrella body's general secretary, Attar Singh, says the Commerce Commission was wrong not to call for public submissions before approving the increase.

Mr Singh says the role of the Commerce Commission is to act as a watchdog and safeguard the rights and interests of the public but it had failed to do so.

He proposes to apply for a High Court injunction to stop the Electricity Authority from imposing the new charges from the 15th of this month.