18 Jun 2008

Solomons telecom strike hits banks but phone service still intact

1:58 pm on 18 June 2008

A strike by local telecommunication workers in Solomon Islands has affected banks and the country's airline but has had only a limited impact on the general telephone network.

Employees of Our Telekom took industrial action on Tuesday in response to lock-out measures by the employer, acting ahead of a trades disputes panel decision on a long-running grievance.

The workers have been pushing for the removal of the company's general manager, Martyn Robinson, claiming he had been discriminatory and biased in some of his decisions.

Our correspondent, Dorothy Wickham, says the phone network is no longer maintained.

"So there are a lot of people who don't have phones connected as of Friday until today because the fault reporting group are not working on these faults tat are reported to them."

Dorothy Wickham