Fijian education ministry calls for dialogue with teachers unions-Xinhua

Fijian education ministry calls for dialogue with teachers unions

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-06-26 18:32:30

SUVA, June 26 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Education in Fiji is calling for dialogue with the country's two teachers' unions to reach an agreement before any strike is taken.

This came after the Fijian Teachers Association and the Fiji Teachers Union proposed to increase the salary of teachers by 30 percent, otherwise, they will stage a strike, reported Fiji Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday.

Education Minister Aseri Radrodro emphasized the importance of finding common ground and aligning requests with the resources that the ministry and government can provide.

He said this collaborative approach aims to ensure that both parties can start discussions on a solid foundation and work towards mutually beneficial outcomes.

The ministry is actively consulting with relevant ministries to address issues raised concerning teachers, which involves working through their respective Permanent Secretaries to find resolutions and agreements, Radrodro said.

The two unions are currently awaiting approval from the Ministry of Employment for a secret ballot.

Once the unions have 51 percent of teachers agreeing to carry on with the strike, they will take industrial action.