1 Dec 2005

Vanuatu government urged to act to resolve industrial disputes

4:54 pm on 1 December 2005

The leader of Vanuatu's Greens Confederation says the government must act to resolve lingering industrial disputes with the National Workers Union to avert a general strike.

A motion tabled in parliament this week to debate disputes between the Union and Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu Abattoirs as well as the Eric Wong store was moved successfully after several government MPs voted with the opposition.

The motion was tabled by the opposition Greens leader and former finance minister, Moana Carcasses, who says if the government keeps dismissing the issue of workers rights, the problem will escalate.

The Union has threatened a general strike and Mr Carcasses says the government cannot keep ignoring the problem.

"Please do something about it. We opposition will help you, if you want to. But you cannot leave this issue like this. Because we do not want this to escalate. If they were to go to strike again then we will have electricity, then water systems and then also Telecom Vanuatu because all those people are part of the union, and we don't want that. Simply because the economy's going well, we don't want something to stop the economy."

Moana Carcasses