4 Jun 2012

Solomons' company outraged at continued defiance of union

3:24 pm on 4 June 2012

The Solomon Islands company Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited or RIPEL says the National Union of Workers could be in contempt of court for maintaining that its strike at the plant in 2004 was legal.

RIPEL is disputing a statement the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers has issued, saying the strike was legal.

The Chairman of RIPEL, Patrick Wong says the High Court ruled in 2004 that the strike was illegal and the union twice failed to have the ruling overturned in the Court of Appeal.

He believes the union could be in contempt of court.

"It's outrageous, simply outrageous that they should be making such comments. They are blaming everbody from the court of appeal judges to the high court, to the government, but themselves. The court has made it extremely clear in November, which was the first appeal they had set aside that was dismissed. Further again in 2005, in July, when they went to the court of appeal they lost."

Patrick Wong says the union still owes RIPEL about one million US dollars in compensation following the High Court ruling.

He hopes this can be redeemed through the auction of a building owned by the union this Friday.