The General Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers says the government's plan to put a moratorium on trade union activities is an attempt to divert blame for its failure to arrest the country's economic decline.
Tony Kagovai says the government is undermining the fundamental rights of worker unions while the real issue to be addressed is the backlog of payments owed to public sector workers.
Mr Kagovai says the government cannot treat unions like logging companies, where a moratorium can be applied, and that their rights are non-negotiable.
"No way, we will never accept such a call. We reject it outright, if they place that moratorium on the trade union movement in the Solomon's we will have no options but to take on that. We are going to call for a nationwide strike, we will be calling a meeting by tomorrow to decide on that position."
The General Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers, Tony Kagovai.