FIJI STRIKERS ALLOWS TUVALU SUPPLY SHIP TO RETURN TO SERVICE
SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 20, 2000 - The Fiji Sun/PINA Nius Online)---The Tuvalu supply ship Nivaga II was return to the sea first thing yesterday morning.
(See Labor Dispute in Fiji Leads To Food Crisis In Tuvalu)
In fact, some of the striking Fiji slipway workers were at the site on Saturday to grease the cradles of the vessel before local contractor Trade Publicity applied a final coat of paint to the ship.
The repair work followed an agreement reached on Friday between striking Shipbuilding Fiji Limited workers and the Tuvalu High Commission.
The Tuvalu High Commissioner, Enele Sopoaga, had made a special plea to the strikers to complete work on the Nivaga II, which is Tuvalu's main means of transportation between its capital island and the outer islands.
The union took into consideration the plight of the islanders of Tuvalu, who have been faced with a drought.
The outer islands depend on Nivaga II and have reportedly run out of supplies.
After completion of repairs to the Tuvalu vessel, the workers will return to their picket sites.
Pacific Islands News Association (PINA)
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