Solomon Islands teachers union plans nation-wide strike

The Solomon Islands National Teachers Association is meeting on Thursday to discuss plans to stage a nation-wide strike.

The Association says the government has failed to address four key issues, such as giving promised pay rises, travel expenses and housing allowances and failing to remove officers from the Honiara City Council who are suspected of stealing money from teachers' travel budget.

The President of the Teachers Association, Samson Faisi, says he hopes the strike threat will prompt the government to treat these matters seriously.

"My executive came in 2011 and in one incident last year, me and my general secretary we saw the Prime Minister and we also voiced these concerns then. And they promised us in front of his special secretariat they will make sure that they must address these issues and then the year went pass and now we are in 2013, we would like to ensure that all these issues that have been long-standing issues, we must resonate positive feedback from the government."

Samson Faisi says if the government fails to respond positively to the notice for the strike, planned for later this month or early next month, he will call on other unions to join in.

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