11 Apr 2003

Solomon Islands teachers threaten more strikes over outstanding pay

10:27 am on 11 April 2003

Solomon Islands teachers who had been on strike since last month, returned to work yesterday but have threatened to walk off the job again on Monday.

However the permanent secretary of the Education Ministry, Barnabas Anga, says they are not expecting further action.

He says the teachers returned to work after the Government proved that only one fortnight's wages was outstanding - not four as claimed by the union.

Those arrears were paid yesterday.

Mr Anga says wages due last week but not paid, are delayed, not outstanding.

He says the Government has committed to returning the wage payments to normal by the end of the month.

But officials in the teacher's union, SINTA, say they will strike again from Monday, if a fortnight's pay is not made today.