5 Jul 2007

Fiji interim administration promises no job losses over civil servants strike

9:36 am on 5 July 2007

Fiji's prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, says civil servants have the right to strike and those who do so can rest assured they will not lose their jobs.

Commodore Bainimarama made the comment as another three of the six public sector unions filed their 28 day strike notices.

The unions are planning the walkout in protest against the interim administration's decision to impose a 5% pay cut and reduce the retirement age from 60 years to 55.

Commodore Bainimarama says he is not concerned about the strike because contingency plans are in place to cope with the mass walkout.

He says he had hoped to bring the unions to the table to talk but they have decided not to come on board with the interim government's proposals.

Commodore Bainimarama says the Public Order Act cannot stop the unions from going on strike and the Public Emergency Regulations were removed to give them the right to take industrial action.