SOLOMONS PUBLIC WORKERS THREATEN STRIKE

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 30) - Public sector
workers in Solomon Islands are prepared to walk off the job today unless the
government pays outstanding wages.

Civil Aviation, Meteorology and Immigration officers have not
been paid for the last month.

The Solomon Islands Public Employees Union says international
and domestic flights are among the services that will be disrupted if wages are
not in bank accounts at the opening of business today.

Council of Trade Unions President, Clement Waiwori says the
government had pledged to have money in bank accounts by the end of the week:

"To go without salaries for two fortnights now is more than
a burden on our members families. Children are not going to school due to non
payments, transport is not available, and as far as we're concerned, that is
quite a burden," Waiwori said.

May 30, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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