16 Jul 2007

Solomons teachers to conider deal aimed at ending strike

3:19 pm on 16 July 2007

The Solomon Islands Teachers Association, or SINTA, says it will put a government proposal before representatives of its striking members tomorrow.

The country's 6,000 teachers started a nation-wide strike today.

They are frustrated that the government is yet to implement the teachers Scheme of Service, re-leveling of the pay structure and other provisions agreed to in January.

But the SINTA's industrial relations officer Johnley Hatimoana says teachers representatives met the Minister of Education at the weekend.

Teachers had already voted to go on strike today but Mr Hatimoana says the Minister asked to be given until the end of August to implement most of the provisions.

"One of the issues that was suggested to us is to get all provincial education officials over to Honiara, with all union representatives from the provincial branches - some of them are still in Honiara - and re-look at the issues that the five thousand teachers who are still out there are not yet re-levelled and put them in their proper levels."

Johnley Hatimoana