27 Mar 2007

Fiji interim government says contingency plan in place in case of strike

7:59 pm on 27 March 2007

Fiji's interim government is expected to activate a contingency plan if a national strike planned by the public sector unions goes ahead.

The Fijilive website reports the chairman of the public service commission, Rishi Ram, saying that although the unions say 80 per cent of their members have voted to go on strike, he doubts that everyone will.

Mr Ram says if there is a strike, around 2,300 workers who are not union members, could run the government machinery.

He says staff will be redeployed to areas of high demand while other manpower could be sourced from the police and the military.