KIWI LABOR UNION HELPS FIJI STRIKERS

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (NiuFM, Aug 7) – Industrial action is continuing in Fiji - with the backing of a large New Zealand union.

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is offering financial help to the 10,000 workers in Fiji who are on strike.

[PIR editor’s note: According to their website, "The goal of the New Zealand trade union movement is to improve the lives of working people and their families. The role of the CTU is to promote unionization and collectivism through programs of active campaigns."]

The state workers have been away from work for over a week now and want the interim government to reinstate the five percent it cut from their pay in March.

Essential services like hospitals, water and sewage have been affected.

But the interim government refuses to buckle and won’t go to arbitration.

A spokesperson for the CTU, Carol Beaumont, says they feel for the Fiji workers and will help if asked. (Listen)

Late today the strikers from the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions decided to return to work while they pursue their gripe through the courts.

More than a thousand nurses continue to stay out.

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