29 Jun 2007

Solomons teachers seek government approval of agreement on work conditions

10:08 am on 29 June 2007

The Solomon Islands Teachers Association says it's maintaining a notice for strike action to begin mid-next month if the government doesn't implement the teachers' scheme of service.

SINTA says it's unhappy that the government hasn't implemented the scheme as required by a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties in January.

SINTA's industrial relations officer Johnley Hatimoana says they have had discussions with the Ministry of Education and are not satisifed the government is honouring the agreement on working conditions.

He says they are demanding that the government implement at least 90 per cent of the scheme:

"What the government is doing is not proper. They violated the agreement as well as that Memorandum of Understanding, so we've already served a 28-day strike notice and we are contemplating suing the government for not complying with the MOU as well as the contract we signed."

Johnley Hatimoana says the strike will take effect from the 16th of July if the government doesn't comply.