14 Jan 2004

Solomons teachers set to go on strike on Monday

11:27 am on 14 January 2004

A nationwide strike by public sector unions in Solomon Islands is set to go ahead.

A meeting between the government and unions has failed to break an impasse over an 8-percent wage increase demand.

The proposed strike, led by the Solomon Islands National Teachers Union is expected to begin on the first official day of the school year, which is January the 19th.

Meanwhile, the cabinet of the prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeze, is reported to have split over the issue.

The commerce minister, Trevor Olovae did not attend yesterday's talks and his absence has been described as a protest at the way the government is handling the issue.