4 Oct 2003

Strike threat by PNG telecommunications workers on hold

10:04 am on 4 October 2003

Strike action threatened for by telecommunications workers in Papua New Guinea is on hold while discussions take place with government officials.

Members of the Communications Workers Union have been striking over planned partial privatisation of Telikom PNG.

They went back to work on Wednesday, however, as telecommunications staff scrambled to repair services following major disruption that was put down to sabotage in the Waigani area of Port Moresby.

The union's industrial relations officer, Steven Bala, says a meeting with union members to update them on the progress of their claim has been postponed while meetings with officials take place.

Mr Bala says there are no plans for further industrial action.

Meanwhile, the Telikom Southern Regional Manager, Wency Noruka, says most phone links are working again following a fire in fibre optic cables on Wednesday.

Mr Noruka says bank ATM services in the worst affected Waigani area are still down but are expected to be repaired in time for the start of business next week.