26 Jan 2004

Uncertainty over planned Solomon Islands teacher strike

4:30 pm on 26 January 2004

A school principal on Auki in Solomon Islands says his teachers are not keen to take strike action.

This follows calls by the National Teachers Association for action to settle a pay dispute dating back to 2001.

The Association says members in some provinces, including Malaita, Rennell and Bellona as well as Temotu, support the strike call.

But the principal of Aligegeo Secondary School in Auki, John Wate, says teachers don't want to strike.

"I think we had enough of strike. We want to continue with the classes and we don't want to victimize all our kids. And that's the only thing...that's the general feeling about it."

John Wate says it has also been hard to get information about the negotiations and teachers are awaiting word from their union representative as to whether to strike.