4 Oct 2004

PNG government keeps unions informed of Telikom sale plans

4:23 pm on 4 October 2004

Papua New Guinea's minister for Public Enterprises and Information says he has met with telecommunications unions to clarify governments intentions for Telikom PNG

Dr Puka Temu says the government is awaiting a report on the independent review into the proposed sale of 51 percent of Telikom to Zimbabwe-based company Econet.

He says the report is currently being discussed by key industry stakeholders before it's presented to cabinet this week when a decision on the sale is expected to be made.

Dr Temu says he met with the unions to give them his perspective and discuss their concerns about the sale.

He says the unions wanted to take industrial action against the sale but he told them it is not an industrial issue.

"This is a public policy which the government has instituted. They've been favourably had through the enterprise-based agreement which they have signed. And they've volunteered not to meet with the Chief executive Officer of Econet when he offered to sit down with them, trying to assure them that there will no forced redundancy."