7 Jan 2004

Public service unions in Solomons will decide tomorrow on nationwide strike

9:30 am on 7 January 2004

Six public service unions in Solomon Islands will decide this Thursday whether an indefinite nationwide strike will begin on the 19th of January.

The meeting comes after the prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, vetoed a Trade Disputes Panel ruling that public employees should receive an 8-percent salary increase backdated to January the first last year.

The prime minister has instead offered a two-point-five increase as at January the first this year.

The general secretary of the Public Employees Union, Clement Waiwori, questions why it was the government which referred the case to the Trade Disputes Panel, if it did not intend to accept the Panel's ruling.

"It was government that referred it to the Trade Disputes Panel. Here comes the award of the trade disputes panel, the government turn around and say I did not recognise the award, I have to change it. If that is the case then when is the point of referring this case"