FIJI DOCK WORKERS THREATEN STRIKE

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SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, May 27) - Members of the Fiji Public Servants Association who are employees of the Maritime and Ports Authority of Fiji will go on strike on June 11.

FPSA general secretary Rajeshwar Singh said the 60 members who had individual contracts with MPAF had not received a pay rise for the last five years.

He said the workers had joined the FPSA and had followed all the required legislation on their membership.

Mr Singh said the workers had suffered in silence and their grievances had fallen on deaf ears as they had signed individual contracts with MPAF.

He said because they had been denied pay rises and cost of living adjustments in the last five years, the FPSA asked for a 12 percent pay increase.

"We had sat and met with MPAF executives and they had disagreed with the demand," Mr Singh said.

The next stage after that they entered into a Trade Dispute but it had reached a deadlock. Mr Singh said the workers were fighting for their rights but MPA had been very negative. No comment could be obtained from MPAF management or the Ministry of Labor yesterday.

May 27, 2004

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