FIJI TEACHERS CONSIDERING STRIKE OVER PAY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 4, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The Fiji teachers union has warned of a possible strike later this month if its demands for improved pay are not met.

The Fiji Teachers Confederation has asked for a five to 10 percent across the board increase in salaries and other allowances.

Union President Bal Ram said the government is using delaying tactics to frustrate union members.

If the government fails to meet the union’s demands, he said, a ballot to decide on a strike will be held.

Education Minister Pratap Chand said he is optimistic that the start of the school year will not be affected by the strike threat.

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