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Gold Ridge employees not notified of stop work action

By Douglas Marau HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 4, 2012) – In the Solomons, there was confusion amongst employees at the Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) yesterday following the strike action taken by local workers.

The Solomon Star visited the Gold Ridge Mining site yesterday morning and spoke with several workers who claimed that they were confused as to who authorized the strike.

GRML Liaison officer, Ruth Liloqula told the Solomon Star yesterday that some workers were confused and were not informed of the strike.

"Some of us were not informed until today (yesterday)," she said.

This she said has caused confusion amongst workers with most turning up for work whilst others did not.

But whilst at the site, the Solomon Star witnessed disgruntled workers gathering in numbers on site shouting and voicing out their disagreements.

When the Solomon Star attempted to talk to some workers within the mine site they were refused entry by security guards at the gate.

"Sorry media is not allowed to talk to workers on the site," the Solomon Star was told.

The Solomon Star understands the strike action was staged yesterday following a 14-day notice issued on December 19 last year which lapsed on Monday this week.

It is understood the workers are demanding pay rise.

Another petition was also issued on December 30 informing the company; that workers would continue to go on strike until their demands are met.

As of late afternoon yesterday some workers said the management has promised to meet their demands by today.

Attempts to confirm this with the GRML human resources manager James Gatu were unsuccessful yesterday.

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