20 Aug 2002

Solomon Islands airport strike over for now

6:17 pm on 20 August 2002

The strike by Solomon Islands airport workers has ended and both international and domestic services have been restored.

But, the unions have warned that another strike is imminent if their demands aren't met.

George Atkin reports.

"The strikers went back to their work today, after they have been assured by top officials from the ministry of finance that there special duty allowances and harressment claims will be resubmitted to cabinet, for consideration. The cabinet, had earlier rejected the allowances and claims. General secretary of the public employers union, Clement Waiwori said, the dispute was resolved in a meeting between the workers inhouse unions and the finance minister, Lori Chan, and his secretary of finance Lloyd Powell. He says on the outstanding salary areas, the government has again been given until friday to settle their two pay day areas, or else another strike is emminent."

George Atkin.


The general manager of Solomon Airlines says the company may have to close if strike action starts again.

Gideon Zoloveke Jnr says the strike action over the past week has cost the airline around 14-thousand US dollars, with the airline having to suspend all flights for two days.

Mr Zoloveke says his company wants to be involved in negotiations because it can not afford another strike.

We're trying to influence the decision making as well we're trying to shed some light on the bigger picture so to speak and we hope that these will be taken on board in their deliberations and that we can resolve the issue once and for all..

The General Manager of Solomon Airlines, Gideon Zoloveke Jnr.