4 Feb 2013

Solomons teachers asked to end strike

5:29 am on 4 February 2013

The Solomon Islands government is urging striking teachers to return to work today as it has promised to pay them their outstanding dues this week.

About 9,000 teachers went on strike last Monday after the start of the school year had been deferred by a week over the pay dispute.

That week had passed with the teachers insisting to be paid what they were owed.

Last week, the government invoked the trade disputes panel to force an end to the strike but teachers defied the move prepared to be arrested.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says officials have been working over the weekend to ensure teachers will be paid this week.