This has seen an influx of Chinese into the country especially at the Ramu nickel mine, which has recently created problems with the locals over employment opportunities.

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RAMU MINE ALLOWED TO EASILY BRING IN CHINESE LABOR Flexible rules run afoul of PNG labor laws

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 24, 2009) – The National Government through the Department of Labour and Industry has made it more flexible and easier for Chinese nationals to come into the country, bypassing many of the country’s labour laws.

Minister for Labour and Industry Mark Maipakai revealed this in Parliament yesterday, saying that the Government had agreed to give special consideration to Chinese nationals entering the country to work here.

"The PNG Government has a special agreement with Ramu nickel mine where we give them special treatment and allow flexibility with our labour laws and regulations," Mr. Maipakai said.

Despite strong opposition by the department, the National Government under this special agreement directed the department to issue the permits because of the agreement that had been signed to develop the Ramu nickel mine.

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

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