25 Jun 2008

Security tightened as sabotage adds to woes of strike-hit Solomons Telekom

3:08 pm on 25 June 2008

The Solomon Islands Police Force, RAMSI Police and Military are increasing their presence along the Honiara streets as from today as a telecommunication strike continues.

The Police Media Unit says the measure is taken as a precautionary measure to counter any possible disturbance as a result of the nationwide strike by Telekom employees, which is now into its second week.

Last night, most of Honiara and the provinces telecommunication links from the company's main switch were deliberately cut.

The strike had already affected many services including the banks, hospitals, police emergency lines and private companies.

Striking workers also say the Chief Executive Officer, Martyn Robinson, is responsible for the introduction of a Sex Line Service.

They say the service is immoral and claim it has generated most of the company's profit.

The staff are demanding an investigation into the Sex Line Service and that the CEO be held accountable.

A extraordinary board of directors meeting is to held tomorrow to deal with the industrial action.