30 Jul 2013

Fiji's AG pleads to sugar workers not to strike

8:52 am on 30 July 2013

Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has made a plea to sugar workers not to go on strike and save the industry from collapsing.

The Fiji Sugar Workers and General Union says most of its sugar mill worker membership has voted to take strike action over low wages which mean workers are below the poverty line.

Fiji media report that Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the government's chief concern is the 200,000 Fijians who depend on the sugar cane industry for their survival.

He says the Bainimarama government cannot allow the industry to collapse because of the actions of a minority.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the government has made a substantial investment to rescue the industry from collapse and the investment has begun to turn around.

He says reforms and renewed land leases have resulted in a 5.3 percent pay rise and improved benefits and he says workers can look forward to better job security and more opportunities as the Fiji Sugar Corporation continues to improve its performance.