FIJI SUGAR AND GENERAL WORKERS UNION TO GO ON STRIKE

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SUVA, Fiji (July 21,1997 - PACNEWS)---Members of the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union are going to strike the country’s four sugar mills because of their alleged unsafe conditions. The strike action was overwhelmingly endorsed during an extraordinary general meeting of the workers on Saturday.

Union General Secretary Felix Anthony says the industrial action pertains to occupational health and safety concerns in the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s mills. He says the union has written to Fiji Sugar Corporation's Managing Director, Jonetani Galuinadi, advising him of the union's position.

The union also has indicated that it is prepared to enter into talks immediately to resolve the matter. The union executive has also warned of additional union moves if the Fiji Sugar Corporation punishes or dismisses any general employees for participating in the strike.

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