Nurses in Fiji have agreed in principle to go on strike for better salaries and working conditions.
The TRN Nursing Association president, Kuini Lutua, said the action was support by a secret ballot held at the association's annual general meeting in Suva.
The Fiji Times says 87 per cent of nurses who voted were in favour of opposing the 5 per cent pay-cut on civil servants "through all legitimate means including industrial action".
Ms Lutua said a national council meeting this week would decide their next course of action pending further discussions with the interim Government.
The nurses were unanimous in opposing a reduction of the retirement age from 60 to 55 years.
An estimated 3000 nurses stand to lose their jobs if the interim Government goes ahead and lowers the retirement age .
The nurses were also opposed to the 12-hour shift which the Ministry of Health had proposed earlier this year to replace the eight-hour shift.
Nurses are said to beleaving Fiji at the rate of more than 100 a year because of dissatisfaction over work conditions and salary levels.