SUVA, Fiji (April 23, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Up to 50,000 workers in Fiji have begun a 24 hour nationwide strike.

Negotiations between trade union leaders and government officials in Suva broke up yesterday without agreement on several issues.

The strike was originally called to protest a proposed government order limiting wage rises, Radio Australia reports. But the government agreed not to implement the order.

The dispute now centers around three union demands, including the setting up of a committee to examine wage rises.

The strike will not affect Nadi International Airport and domestic airports.

Electricity, water and garbage services will be maintained.

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