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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Unions closer to show-down with military

Fiji's military regime is facing a growing revolt by the country's unions, with thousands more workers voting to support a strike in defiance of warnings they will be sacked. The Public Employees Union (PEU), representing almost 5,000 blue collar public servants, has voted to back a strike planned by the country's largest union, the Public Service Association (PSA). The PSA voted overwhelmingly on Friday to strike after the military government slashed civil servants' wages under a plan to save the nation's economy from collapse. The Fiji Nursing Association and Fiji Teachers Union are also holding ballots about whether to join the planned walkout. PEU General Secretary Pita Delana today said his members would not be intimidated by the military regime's threats to crack down on workers who walk off the job.