7 Feb 2008

Solomon Islands union says it did not breach court orders

11:29 am on 7 February 2008

The General Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers says the Union did not breach any court orders in the ongoing Russell Islands Plantations Estates Limited or RIPEL saga .

Tony Kagovai was responding to accusations from the General Manager of RIPEL, John Whiteside, that the Union breached court orders.

He told the Solomon Times Online that Mr Whiteside should "just give up" on the RIPEL saga which has been ongoing since 2004.

He explained that the union had issued a 28 days strike notice to members but the General Manager terminated workers instead and that's led to the conflict.

He said this breached Section 10 and has created the dispute that has gone back and forth from Magistrates Court to High Court to this day.

Mr Kagovai said that the decision had been made by the Trade Disputes Panel for Mr Whiteside to be terminated as General Manager.