Fiji nurses go back to work

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The nurses have ended their national strike the longest ever by workers in essential service in Fiji.

Their 18-day strike ended at 11pm last night and they return to work today after failing to secure the full restoration of the 5 per cent cut imposed by the interim government.

Our reporters on stand-by at the various hospitals around the country said nurses were slowly returning to work this morning.

Reporters said the nurses are slowly going back to their jobs this morning in numbers.

The move was welcomed sight of relief for many patients visiting the hospital around the country.

Meanwhile, 13 nurses who went on strike in Labasa also returned to work with some calling in sick.

Our Lautoka correspondent said after being away for two weeks the nurses are returning to work around a three shift schedule at the Lautoka Hospital.

The nurses went on strike on July 25 demanding the interim government to restore their 5 per cent pay cut which was implemented on all civil servants.