10 Feb 2007

Fiji's military warns public sector unions against strike

6:31 am on 10 February 2007

Fiji's military has warned the country's public sector unions that a State of Emergency remains in place and they cannot call a nationwide strike.

The warning is in response to the unions filing a 21-day notice for a strike ballot in protest against proposed pay cuts and the lowering of the retirement age from 60 to 55.

The military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, has told Radio Legend that they will have discussions with union representatives and advise them that they cannot have a strike and how they can handle the situation.

But the general secretary of the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions, Attar Singh, says the State of Emergency was supposed to end on February the 5th and the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum, needs to clarify what the unions can and cannot do.

Mr Sayed-Khayum is reported to have said the State of Emergency is currently under review.