MALAYSIAN LOGGING COMPANY ORDERED TO REINSTATE SOLOMON ISLAND WORKERS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (March 29, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---The Malaysian-owned logging company, Earthmovers Solomon Islands, Ltd., has been ordered by the Solomon Islands Trade Disputes Panel to reinstate all its dismissed employees and pay them a 10 percent wage increase backdated to January 1 1997.

The ruling affects 400 company employees, all members of the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers.

Earthmovers Solomon Islands, Ltd., with subsidiaries operating in Western Province, and on Isabel and Guadalcanal islands, fired the workers when they went on strike last September in support of demands for wage increases and union recognition.

The 400 affected company workers were employed at Kenelo and Mare logging camps in Western Province, Banafao on Isabel and Foxwood and Aola on Guadalcanal.

Besides its own legal costs, Earthmovers also has been ordered to pay the Trade Disputes Panel's expenses.

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