20 Dec 2005

PNG nurses reject claim that strike is illegal

6:24 pm on 20 December 2005

The Nurses Association in Papua New Guinea says their strike action is not illegal.

Nurses went on strike yesterday, in protest of the government's lack of response on a proposal regarding salary changes, insurance cover, retrenchment and housing.

The National reports a health department spokesman Dr Isaac Ake, as saying that the stop work is against industrial regulations and nurses face disciplinary action.

But the Association's President Lawrence Namaro says nurses have done everything properly - unlike doctors - who he claims have taken illegal strike action in the past.

"But if you see doctors they do widespread strikes, they go out even without following the right procedure and process of industrial relations. They don't discipline them they don't cut their doctor pays. Why Dr Ake say they will cut nurses pay when they follow the right procedure."

The Nurses Association President Lawrence Namaro