18 Feb 2014

Fishermen give 14-day ultimatum to Vanuatu government

4:22 pm on 18 February 2014

The Vanuatu Fishermen Association has given a 14-day ultimatum to the government to pay its members more than 15 million US dollars in outstanding claims or face court action.

The Association's president, Remy Kunuan, says its lawyer has told government to follow the recommendations of a commission of inquiry into its claims for wage settlements.

Mr Kunuan says when the commission's report was submitted to the government, the Council of Ministers did not endorse it, but appointed a high-level committee to recosider the claims.

He says that committee's establishment is a delaying tactic by the Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses.

"We were waiting and waiting and waiting last year and he was telling the public that [the payment would be in] February but he didn't do anything."

Remy Kunuan says the association will take the government will go to court if the ultimatum is not met.