23 Feb 2007

Strike delays road construction work in Solomon's capital

10:34 am on 23 February 2007

One hundred and fifty employees of Kitano World Kaihatsu Kogyo or KWKK Joint Venture Company in Solomon Islands are staging sit-in strike halting road construction in the capital, Honiara.

The workers started their sit-in protest on Wednesday following what they claimed as the company's lack of action towards their outstanding grievances and log of claims.

KWKK employees' committee chairperson, Francis Kaobata, told the Solomon Star newspaper that the employees are protesting over the company's failure and commitment to improve their salaries and allowances.

Mr Kaobata says these are issues stated in a memorandum of understanding signed by the company and the employee's representative - Solomon Islands National Union of Workers SINUW.

However, he says since the signing last year the company has failed to comply with the conditions outlined in the MOU.

SINUW when contacted said it is aware of the employees' action and is prepared to hold consultations with KWKK management to sort out the issue.