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Striking miners remember

By AVINESH GOPAL
Friday, February 28, 2014

Update: 2:43PM STRIKING gold miners and their families got together in Vatukoula yesterday to commemorate 23 years of their strike action.

The gold miners, who have been on strike since February 27, 1991, have yet to find an amicable solution to their problems.

About 420 gold miners walked off their jobs in protest against several issues, in particular their working conditions and just wages.

The events after the strike also resulted in a bailiff dying while performing his duty at the mine site.

Fiji Mine Workers Union president Joseva Sadreu said yesterday's get-together was a sad occasion for the striking miners and their families.

"We are still waiting for a solution to our grievances and in the meantime, families are continuing to struggle to put food on the table," he said.

Mr Sadreu said governments have come and gone but a resolution of the striking miners' problems remains as elusive as ever.

"The affected families are praying that a solution is found to the country's and probably the world's longest strike in history," he said.

 

 


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