FIJI PM RABUKA HALTS WAGE ORDER

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By Irene Manueli

SUVA, Fiji (April 17, 1998 - Fiji Times/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)--- Fiji Finance Minister Jim Ah Koy will not impose wage guidelines (limiting raises to three percent during 1998) which were scheduled to come into effect today, the Fiji Times reports.

This follows a directive from the Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka.

This was confirmed by Mr. Rabuka yesterday during a visit to Balawaviriki Settlement in the Northern Division.

Mr. Rabuka said that before he embarked on his trip to Vanua Levu he had asked Mr. Ah Koy not to put the wage guideline into effect.

The Prime Minister said Mr. Ah Koy had the power to extend the 14-day notice period.

Mr. Rabuka added that when the wage order would come into effect depended on a meeting scheduled for today between government, employers and unions.

Title -- 1297 ECONOMY: Rabuka puts wage order on hold Date -- 17 April 1998 Byline -- Irene Manueli Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Fiji Times, 17/4/98 Copyright -- Fiji Times Status – Unabridged

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