The Real Survivor Fiji – Nurses & Teachers Go “Industrial” :: MAXINE
Life is hard under an illegal military rule and despotic regime.
The economy begins to tank, people do not want to visit, citizens have trouble supporting the Commodore’s agenda, and eventually someone … everyone has to pay the price.
In the latest round of “payments”, the nurses and teachers are having their pay cut and their retirement paired back in an effort for the Commodore’s government to be able to meet its obligations.
Does it need to be stated? … Would the Fijian economy and its ability for the government to meet its obligations be in this position if Commodore Frank weren’t so selfish and cavalier in his actions to have the military perform a coup and oust a democratically elected government?
This from TV3 News, New Zealand –
Teachers join nurses striking in Fiji
TV3 News - Thu, 02 Aug 2007 06:23p.m.
Another sector joined the striking nurses in Fiji today as turmoil in the public sector continued.
About 1000 teachers took industrial action in the form of a peaceful sit-in.
But Fiji’s Police Commissioner urged unions and all Fijians to remain calm and act within the law.
At the teachers’ union headquarters in central Suva, striking took the form of unity songs, speeches from union reps and kava.
After threats from the military and warnings from police, union organisers ensured the protest was peaceful.
The teachers were joined by some striking nurses whom police tried to stop at the gate.
1400 nurses are still on strike after a week of industrial action.
300 public works, water and sewerage workers also took industrial action today.
Just after December’s coup, the interim government slashed pay for civil servants by five percent, and the retirement age from 60 to 55.
The unions want both restored and a further 10 percent payrise.
Last night union leader Taniela Tabu was returned to his family after being detained by army and police, and other union leaders have been targeted.
Fiji's Police Commissioner told a news conference today their presence at hospitals and schools is not meant to intimidate.
The strikes are due to continue tomorrow.
Detentions were not meant to intimidate ... yea, right!