14 Dec 2006

Fiji coup causes 2,000 job losses

12:01 pm on 14 December 2006

Nearly 2,000 workers in Fiji have either lost their jobs or are working reduced hours since last week's military coup.

A survey by the Fiji Employers Federation shows 180 fulltime workers, 618 part-time workers and 97 casual employees have been laid off.

Another 1,053 people have been forced to work reduced hours.

The Employers Federation has 518 members throughout Fiji who collectively employ 78,000 workers.

Its chief executive, Ken Roberts, says the lay-offs have taken place because of a shortage of work.

Employers fear that if Australia and New Zealand place trade sanctions on Fiji, there will be further heavy job losses.