NEW FIJI WORK STOPPAGE THREATENED FOR MAY 21

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SUVA, Fiji - (April 27, 1998 - Sunday Times/Hulsen) The Fiji Trades Union Congress has threatened to stage another nationwide strike May 21, the Sunday Times reports, if the government does not make formal a draft accord drawn up last week on wage guidelines, lay-offs and union dues check-offs.

The announcement was made by Congress National Secretary Pratap Chand following a meeting of the organization’s General Purposes Committee Saturday.

The weekend session also condemned the government’s decision not to hold further talks on current labor issues with the Congress.

"The Congress will not be intimidated by government’s position," Chand said.

The one-day national work stoppage last Thursday by an estimated 50,000 workers resulted in a business loss of at least $US 5 million, according to Secretary to Cabinet Jioji Kotobalavu.

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