Solomons Plantation Pushes Compensation Claims

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Successful against Union, RIPEL turns on government

By Ednal Palmer HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 25, 2012) – After its successful long court battle with Solomon Islands Union of Workers (SINUW), RIPEL vows to put the government in the ring as the next contender.

RIPEL Chairman Patrick Wong said Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL) will soon commence its legal action against SIG, for compensation.

RIPEL now claims the SINUW building behind the magistrates court as a result of an illegal strike action initiated and spearheaded by SINUW in Yandina, Russell Islands in 2004.

"SINUW will pay one lot of compensation and SIG will pay a second lot," Mr. Wong said.

He said this is especially after the Attorney General has confessed in Parliament, that in his (AG) opinion, SIG is exposed and needs to pay RIPEL compensation, as the RSIPF and RAMSI have both failed to uphold and enforce law and order in Yandina.

Wong said RIPEL wishes to clarify, that the forced selling of SINUW building is to pay for a Judgment Debt, "which has been incurred by the Kagovai and Tuhanuku lead Union".

"It has nothing whatsoever to do with the up and coming claim RIPEL will make against SIG."

He said any thought that once this SINUW jewel is sold, RIPEL has been fully paid is plainly wrong.

"RIPEL say, stop listening to these misleading stories."

The RIPEL chairman earlier said compensation estimate the government stand the risk of shouldering falls in the SI$300 million [US$40.5 million] region.

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