31 Jul 2013

Fiji regime draws up plans to counter sugar strike risk

3:05 pm on 31 July 2013

Fiji's sugar ministry has drawn up an emergency plan to counter a possible strike by the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union.

The Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Lieutenant-Colonel Manasa Vaniqi, has told the Fiji Sun that he was assured by the mill manager in Ba that crushing would not be affected by the strike.

No details of the emergency response have been released.

The union leadership says the workers earn below the poverty line, with wages declining by 40 percent in real terms in the past seven years.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi has described the planned strike as a face-saving exercise by the unionists who had been working with their overseas counterparts to fight the government's sugar reforms.