11 Aug 2005

Papua New Guinea faced with power outages as workers threaten to strike

3:34 pm on 11 August 2005

Electricity workers in Papua New Guinea are threatening strikes and power cuts if the government-owned power corporation appoints an Australian chief executive officer.

The PNG Energy Workers Association is demanding that the PNG Power position be held by a PNG national and it wants current acting CEO Lawrence Solomon confirmed in the job.

The union's secretary-general, Philip Kaira, told the Post-Courier newspaper that pulling the plug on the power supply nationwide would be a last resort.

But he says if the Labour Department allows an expatriate appointee's work permit to go through, the union will strike.