PHOSPHATE WORKERS STRIKE ON NAURU

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 1) - Workers at the
Nauru Phosphate Corporation - the country's largest employer - are on an
indefinite strike.

They're demanding nearly six months of back pay and calling for
the dismissal of the newly re-appointed NPC Chairman, Vincent Detenamo.

On Friday, striking workers failed to unload a ship carrying
diesel fuel for the country's electricity generators.

Most of the NPC workers refused a request to return to work this
morning.

Former Finance Minister and now member of the opposition David
Adeang said that the NPC industrial dispute highlights wider dissatisfaction
with corruption and mismanagement by the government of President Rene Harris.

"The workers approached us as the members of the opposition
in the Parliament to assist their concerns over lack of the payment of their
wages, which has accumulated to 11 fortnightly payments, and the general lack of
confidence and trust they had in the new appointment of the NPC Chairman.

Adeang said the opposition helped to organize the strike.

September 4, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

 

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