28 Jun 2012

Strike threat at Vanuatu public broadcaster

3:44 pm on 28 June 2012

Some staff at the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation, the VBTC, are threatening to strike late next month.

Ephraim Kalsakau of the Vanuatu National Workers Union, says the strike will happen if management do not settle a dispute arising from the partnership agreement between staff and the government appointed Board of Directors.

The partnership was agreed to by the workers and the VBTC two years ago but has not yet been activated, a process that requires the current contracts to be terminated and replaced by the new arrangement.

As the VBTC is planning to make cuts, the workers want new severance arrangements written into the partnership agreements.

But Mr Kalsakau says the employer is taking too long to sort this out.

"We have agreed over a year ago that it was a good way forward but partnership agreement as far as we are concerned is just a new way of ensuring that both parties, the worker and the employer, are heading towards the same goals."