17 Aug 2005

PNG power chief caught in appointment row

3:22 pm on 17 August 2005

The interim Chief Executive Officer of PNG Power, Lawrence Solomon, says he is uncomfortable about the stand-off between the union and the Papua New Guinea government over plans to replace him with an Australian.

The acting CEO says the push by the Energy Workers Association to have the job reserved for PNG nationals has put him in an awkward position.

Mr Solomon says the union's threats to cut electricity services nationwide and go on strike, would go against the corporation's newly launched corporate strategy and be unacceptable.

The Post Courier reports the union is also demanding the removal of Employers Federation president, John Jeffrey, as the power board chairman and the termination of consultancy firm Korda Mentha's services.

The government has been given until Friday to meet the demands of the union, or risk staff walking off the job.