A proposed restructuring of Telecom Fiji has hit a stumbling block in the form of the Fiji Post & Telecom Employees Association (FPTEA), which is concerned that the process could lead to the redundancy of up to 50% of Telecom’s 1,200 employees. Earlier this month the financially troubled operator said that it needed to cut at least a third of its staff to meet its financial targets and began offering voluntary redundancy packages to all of its workers. But the union is unhappy with the strategy and has demanded that Telecom focus on terminating its highly-paid consultant and expatriate workers before dismissing local employees. The Telecom board is already under fire from staff over its failure to release results of an independent company audit, which was ordered to avert strike action last year when the staff threatened to walk out unless their grievances were investigated. Telecom, the country’s monopoly provider of local and national long-distance services, has yet to respond to FPTEA’s request.