19 Jul 2007

Striking Fiji public servants risk losing their jobs

6:27 am on 19 July 2007

Fiji's interim government has warned that public servants who go on strike and remain away from work for 7 days risk losing their jobs.

They will be deemed to have resigned or will be terminated.

Radio Legend reports that this was the decision reached by a cabinet meeting yesterday.

The cabinet also agreed that the Public Order Act will be strictly enforced during the strike.

Government ministries have sent out circulars to inform staff of the consequences if they go on strike.

Members of the Fiji Nurses Association are due to walk out from their jobs at midnight next Tuesday while public servants belonging to three other unions have given notice to begin industrial action from August the 2nd.

The deputy military commander and police commissioner, Commodore Esala Teleni, has briefed the cabinet that the military and police would be on alert ready to assist in essential services such as hospitals, electricity generation and water supply.