4 Feb 2003

Solomons government says High Court ruling a warning to unions

11:08 am on 4 February 2003

The government of Solomon Islands has welcomed a ruling by the High Court on a strike by airport workers last month.

Dorothy Wickham reports that a statement from the Prime Minister's office described the judgement as a signal to trade unionists.......

"The prime minister's office says the High Court's ruling, which is in favour of the government, should be a lesson to unionists who are very keen on encouraging their members to use strikes as a means of getting what they want from their employers. In his ruling, the Chief Justice, Sir John Morea, said the strike by workers from the Aviation, Immigration and Met Division in early January over harrassment claims, was unlawful. He said it was unlawful because they failed to give 28 days strike notice as required under the Essential Services Act. The strike, lasting four days, crippled both international and domestic services provided by the state-owned Solomon Airlines."