25 Aug 2009

Negotiations ordered to end Solomons labour dispute

3:23 pm on 25 August 2009

The Solomon Islands Trade Disputes Panel has directed the Public Employees Union and the Government to start negotiating the Union's claim for an increase in wages and other benefits within seven days.

The Panel chairman, Francis Luza, in a hearing with the disputing parties this morning, ordered that negotiations be completed within three weeks and that his agency be notified on the outcome.

The Panel intervened in the dispute between the SIPEU and the Government after Cabinet referred the dispute to the Panel last week to stall attempts by the union, one of the country's biggest, from going on strike this week.