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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, June 22) – Employees of Solomon Airlines have petitioned for the removal of the current Acting General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Solomon Airlines, Michael Maina.

Mr Maina who is also the Minister for Police and National Security has been General Manager of the Airline since the former General Manager's contract ended about a year ago.

A spokesman from the National Union of Workers says the Airline workers formally submitted their petition to the Board of Solomon Airlines on Friday.

He says the petition signed by staff affiliate members of the Union had demanded the immediate removal of Mr Maina to allow for a recruitment of a substantive General Manager.

The Union spokesman says the workers accused Mr Maina of incompetence to manage the company business and operations .

He says they have also accused Mr Maina of engaging in inappropriate financial deals, compromising the integrity of the airline as a national carrier.

Meanwhile, Maina says he was not worried by a move instigated by a few disgruntled staff members.

Mr Maina said formalities of the appointment of a substantive General Manager of Solomon Airlines are nearly completed.

He says hopefully the new GM would officially take up his post by July the 1st.

Mr Maina says he will continue to manage Solomon Airlines which he says is on the road to full recovery under his leadership.

June 23, 2004

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