1 Aug 2007

Fiji nurses association calls interim govt incompetent for not resolving strike

9:01 am on 1 August 2007

The Fiji Nurses Association has labelled the interim administration incompetent for not resolving their 8-day old strike.

The association's general secretary, Kuini Lutua, says nurses are essential service workers and their strike should have been referred to compulsory arbitration.

She says for the state to prolong the strike shows that the government is unable to look after the country's welfare.

Mrs Lutua says by tomorrow thousands more workers will be on strike adding another handful of problems for the government.

The interim minister for labour, Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau, yesterday referred questions about compulsory arbitration to the interim prime minister.

Meanwhile, an outspoken former nurse, Sue Cauty, says the nurses' strike is simply a political ploy to bring down the interim government.

And the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry has advised the government to close all general outpatients departments at hospitals and concentrate only on services which private doctors cannot provide.