Vanuatu Airport Workers Threaten To Strike

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Union dissatisfied with high turn-over in senior management

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 23, 2015) – Workers at Vanuatu's airports have threatened to go on strike over a lack of continuity in senior management.

The National Workers Union have issued a one-month notice that all members at Airports Vanuatu Limited are preparing to walk off the job.

Union treasurer Ephraim Kalsakau says the recent dismissal of the AVL Chief Executive is not acceptable.

"The workers have decided that this habit of when governments change, state-owned enterprises get CEOs or senior management change. Given the changes in government over the years the workers have decided that they feel enough was enough."

Mr Kalsakau says the continuous changes affect the well-being of staff, their work and airport security.

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