14 Aug 2007

Fiji teachers withdraw new strike threat

7:47 am on 14 August 2007

The Fijian Teachers Association has withdrawn its threat to renew strike action from the beginning of the new school term next week.

The association had called off its day old strike on August the 3rd when the education ministry moved the second term school holidays forward.

The Fiji Sun reports a breakthrough in talks between the education ministry and the association yesterday.

The education minister, Netani Sukanaivalu, has confirmed the association has called off its fresh strike threat and will sort out the issues in court.

The president of the Fijian Teachers Association, Tevita Koroi, says they have agreed to withdraw their strike threat and to refer the 5% pay cut and the suspension of the Partnership Agreement to the High Court.

Three other unions which also ended their strike without having them referred to compulsory arbitration are also taking the issues to the High Court.