16 Jun 2008

PNG prison service says reports of a nationwide strike by prison staff are untrue

5:51 pm on 16 June 2008

The Correctional Service in Papua New Guinea says reports about a nationwide strike involving the country's prison guards are untrue.

Media reported earlier that more than 1,200 corrections employees stopped work on last Friday over a pay dispute.

But the Correctional Service says it was an isolated administrative matter at one prison, which is being dealt with in house.

The Service also says it is trying to arrange to pay backpay to staff extending back to January last year.

The Public Employee Association president, Michael Malabag, has also confirmed there's no strike and that the problem has been resolved.