23 Jul 2002

Solomon Islands teachers pay protest continues

4:01 am on 23 July 2002

Solomon Islands teachers, now in the second week of their protest strike against the government's inability to pay them on time, say they should not be forced to return to work.

George Atkin reports that the secretary of SINTA, the Solomon Islands National Teachers' Association, Fred Taeka, says teachers are not slaves who can be forced to work for no pay.

"Mr Taeka says his association disagrees with provincial governments using threats of witholding the salaries of the striking members as a way of disciplining them. SINTA has claimed that teachers from all nine provinces are involved in the protest."

George Atkin in Honiara