26 Mar 2013

Neither side backing down in Solomon Islands pay dispute

6:06 pm on 26 March 2013

There is no end in sight for the Solomon Islands teachers strike, which started last Friday.

Members of the teachers union, SINTA, walked off the job, saying the government hadn't paid them promised relevelling pay from 2012.

But the government says the teachers have been paid and the strike is illegal.

SINTA's President, Samson Faisi, says with school holidays starting next week, he hopes the two sides will be able to sort out their differences and get back to work.

"Some of the schools will be having their holiday period. They'll be closing classes by this Thursday and then they'll be having this one week break and hopefully things will be sorted out during this break and maybe they can go back to classes. (But) still there's nothing positive from the government side."

Meanwhile, Mr Faisi says his lawyers are still preparing their case to sue government.