11 Jul 2008

Fiji teachers take on regime over backpay

2:28 pm on 11 July 2008

The Fijian Teachers Association is challenging an interim government decision not to offer backpay to a two percent pay cut to public servants.

After the 2006 military coup, the interim government cut public servants' pay by five percent.

By last December, public workers had received a 1 percent restoration, backdated to March 2007, while this March, the interim regime said it would restore the remaining four percent in two steps, but wouldn't give a backpay.

The Association's president, Tevita Koroi, says they have received a two percent pay restoration yesterday, but no backpay and decided to take action.

"We feel that the teachers should have been given pay restoration and also pay backdated to March 2007. That was our call to the public service commission. When they did not agree to our call we registered a dispute with the ministry of labour."

Tevita Koroi says he understands the other unions are also dissatisfied.

The remaining two percent pay restoration is expected in December.