FIJI RADIO WORKERS TO WALK OFF JOBS

By Josephine Prasad

SUVA, Fiji (May 26, 1998 - Daily Post/Pacific Media Watch/Niuswire)--- Employees of Island Networks Corporation, Ltd. (INCL, formerly Radio Fiji) will walk off their jobs today.

This was decided at an emergency meeting called yesterday between members of the Telecommunications Employees' Association (TEA) and Fiji Aviation Workers' Association General Secretary Attar Singh.

The decision was made after the termination on Friday of four sales representatives who are also TEA members.

TEA General Secretary Manasa Konataci said the association has a dispute with INCL on the dismissal because they claimed it was a breach of contract.

They said as per agreement:

TEA is affiliated with the Fiji Trades Union Congress and the International Organization for Post, Telegraph and Telephone in Brussells.

Sources have also claimed that 14 more staff will have to abandon their jobs.

The termination letter, which was seen by the Daily Post, was signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Sireli Kini.

General Manager of Island Networks Chris Goldsmith said that the sales reps were not performing.

"The company has to take on this sort of consumer consciousness, and there was no choice," he said.

Title -- 1389 MEDIA: Fiji radio workers to walk off jobs Date -- 26 May 1998 Byline -- Josephine Prasad Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- Daily Post (Fiji), 26/5/98 Copyright -- Daily Post Status -- Unabridged

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