30 Sep 2014

PNG Power workers threaten to withdraw services

9:13 am on 30 September 2014

Workers at Papua New Guinea's energy provider have threatened to withdraw their service unless the government settles its outstanding claims by Friday.

The newspaper, The National, reports that PNG Power workers have met union executives concerned at the government's plan to partially sell the state-owned company.

In a petition to the public enterprises minister Ben Micah, the workers say the government hasn't been clear about their future since it announced that it intends to put the company up for partial sale.

The petition says the previous sales of the PNG Banking Corporation and PNG Post and Telecommunications saw workers lose their jobs without being paid any of their entitlements.

The workers have demanded that all outstanding PNG Power claims, including government superannuation contributions, be paid by the 3rd of October.