4 Aug 2007

Fiji's interim govt will not budge - says interim PM

9:36 am on 4 August 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister says his government is not elected and will not budge on the issues brought up by this week's public sector strikes.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told Radio Legend that past elected governments bowed down to pressure from the unions because they were worried about votes to get them re-elected.

He says the current administration is an interim government backed by the military with specific mandates from the president to take Fiji forward.

He says his government is determined to fulfill that mandate and the unions will not stop it from doing so.

Commodore Bainimarama says his government does not have to worry about voters because it does not have any and will not budge because of unionists who are misleading their members.

He has also stressed that members of the Fijian Teachers Association who ended their strike yesterday hoping to get paid during the two-week school holidays which start from Monday are deemed to be still on strike and will not be paid.