16 Aug 2002

Solomons workers to discuss possible strike action

10:52 am on 16 August 2002

Customs, immigration and civil aviation workers in Solomon Islands are to meet this afternoon to consider strike action over the government's failure to pay them their outstanding wages.

The workers took action first on Tuesday forcing the prime minister to delay his departure to the Forum leaders meeting in Suva by two days.

They had issued an ultimatum that the outstanding wages, and special allowances, should be paid by yesterday afternoon.

The government failed to meet this deadline, but the workers' union leader Clement Waiwori says he received a commitment late last night that the money would be paid today.

For months, the government has been struggling to meet its wage commitments to its eight thousand workers and many are now two fortnightly pay periods behind.

The only ones likely to keep getting paid are police.