13 Nov 2006

PNG police considers strike action over Kulunga suspension

6:56 pm on 13 November 2006

Papua New Guinea's police association says it may take industrial action, if the acting police commissioner Tom Kulunga is suspended by the government.

There are unconfirmed reports that Mr Kulunga has been suspended along with the government's chief secretary, Joshua Kalinoe, and the military commander, Commodore Peter Ilau, over the Julian Moti affair.

Mr Moti, the suspended Solomon Islands attorney general was flown out of PNG last month on a military plane.

The association's president, Robert Ali, says he's been told that Mr Kulunga is to be replaced by Fred Sheekiot.

Mr Ali says they are now considering industrial action as a contingency plan to safeguard the overall well-being of the police.

"We've given the NEC a protest note on our part, and we're trying to gauge the views of members on what next course of industrial action we need to take that is appropriate and that will help us address this issue."

Robert Ali says Mr Kulunga remains the acting police commissioner until he is officially told otherwise.