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MOA between parties signed, employees to return to work

By Daniel Namosuaia HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 5, 2012) - The strike action taken by Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) workers which started yesterday was resolved after a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed late yesterday in the Solomons.

The MOA was signed by the General Manager of GRML Wayne Hatton-Jones, General Secretary of Solomon Islands National Union of Workers (SINUW) Tony Kangovai and six GRML employees’ representatives.

The strike action was taken following a 14-day notice issued to the company on December 19 last year.

Employees of the company have been demanding pay rise.

Mr Jones confirmed to The Solomon Star that they have already settled the issue and workers are going back to work.

He said the action taken by workers was a result of a communication breakdown and wasn’t an issue.

"This was an issue last year which the company just had to revisit after the Christmas and New Year’s break.

"But we have solved everything and workers have resumed duties as normal the same day (Tuesday)".

Solomon Star sighted the MOA signed between the company, SINUW and company representatives.

The terms and conditions stipulated in the MOA are;

2012 CPI will be determined and paid subject to further negotiation on the 2011-20-12 log claims

GRML to award a cost of living adjustment of 8% across the board to all employees effective 1st January 2011.those employees who have been awarded 3.9% will only receive 4.1% based on the old rate effective 1st January 2011.

4 days pay: That GRML to pay all employees the four days road blocks cost by the dispute between the company and land owners. Moving forward it will not be considered as a precedent.

That the employees also agreed to return to work immediately.

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