TELIKOM PNG WORKERS CALL NATIONWIDE STRIKE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 29) – All communication services will come to a standstill at midday today as Telikom PNG union members nationwide conduct a stop-work campaign.

This came as the PNG Communication Workers’ Union opted to take a series of stop-work meetings over the next month.

National president of the PNG Communications Workers’ Union, which covers Telikom PNG, Pacific Mobile Communications (B-Mobile) and the Post PNG staff, Bob Magaru said the stop-work action would highlight the union’s concerns over the lack of response by the Independent
Public Business Corporation in addressing employees’ entitlements and benefits that might be affected by the partial sale of the national telecommunications service provider.

He said the union approached the IPBC management and Telikom hierarchy seeking information and clarifications on the policy arrangements and legislative implications that will impact on the employees of Telikom PNG and its subsidiaries.

"At the same time our union undertook a program of awareness with our Telikom membership in the major centers of Mt Hagen, Rabaul and Lae. During these discussions, the workforce adopted resolutions which the union consequently registered with the IPBC administration and
negotiations with our union," Mr Magaru said.

September 29, 2003

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

 

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