18 Jul 2011

Fiji transport workers face pay cut threats

3:08 pm on 18 July 2011

Fiji's Transport Workers Union says pressure is increasing to accept a massive reduction in pay and working conditions for members working for the national airline.

Air Pacific has already offered voluntary redundancy or early retirement in a bid to shed staff to cut costs.

But the Union's General Secretary, Kamlesh Kumar, says they are still in dialogue for a better deal for remaining staff, despite working under the threat that the union movement could soon be over.

He says it's feared new decrees being drafted are about to render unions non functional and no longer able to represent workers' rights.

"We are certainly against any clawing back or decline or reduction in working conditions including pay but as far as getting pay improvement, we are still far from it. What we are trying to do is to divert all our energies into saving the union movement."

Fiji Transport Union's General Secretary, Kamlesh Kumar