RENEWED CALLS FOR PNG GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE IN AIR NIUGINI DISPUTE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 17, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Papua New Guinea Trade Union Congress has renewed calls for the Government to address the industrial situation affecting the national carrier, Air Niugini, following the dismissal of the airline’s 96 aircraft engineers two weeks ago.

Congress General Secretary John Paska said the issue needs to be addressed before lives are lost.

Air Niugini is reportedly operating with a skeleton mechanical staff following the sacking of the engineers.

The fired engineers have met with executives of the Congress in Port Moresby to complete planning for the launching of a nationwide campaign to highlight safety issues surrounding Air Niugini’s operations.

Mr. Paska said the Union has given its full backing to the engineers to fight against what it described as ideological warfare the airline management is waging against the sacked employees.

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