20 Jul 2005

PNG Telecommunications workers still waiting on government response to ultimatum

6:27 am on 20 July 2005

Telecommunications workers in Papua New Guinea have given the Government until the end of the week to meet an ultimatum or face widespread disruption to phone services.

Already work is not being done on faults in the system.

The president of the PNG Communication Workers Union, Bob Magaru, says the Prime Minister must give a written commitment to dump the accounting firm KPMG as Telikom PNG's strategic advisors.

He says the union wants KPMG out because it is driving the push to privatise Telikom, which the union believes will lead to hundreds of job losses.

Other elements of the ultimatum include a call for independent board member, Rob Mitchell, to be dumped, and an across the board pay rise of four percent.