Fiji sugar strike could cripple industry says expert | Pacific Beat

Fiji sugar strike could cripple industry says expert

Fiji sugar strike could cripple industry says expert

Updated 16 July 2013, 16:45 AEST

A strike by Fiji's sugar workers later this year could cripple the industry right in the middle of the cane crushing season, according to an expert on the industry.

The Sugar and general Workers Union general secretary, Felix Anthony, says his members will be balloted about taking industrial action, as they have not had a pay rise in seven years

Dr Padma Lal, an economist who has written extensively about Fiji's sugar industry, says such a strike could have serious economic and political consequences, but it's not necessarily certain the sugar workers will actually go ahead with a strike.

Presenter:Bruce Hill

Speaker:Dr Padma Lal, economist with interest in Fiji's sugar industry

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