27 Aug 2005

Call for unionism to be bolstered in Solomon islands

7:35 am on 27 August 2005

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions says trade unionism in Solomon Islands must be re-strengthened.

The council's spokesman, Tony Kagovai, says unions must be re-strengthened because they were weakened by the recent social unrest.

He says it's in the interest of union members that trade unionism is re-strengthened in the current efforts by the government and the private sector to ensure the national economy recovers from the recent difficult years.

Mr Kagovai made the comments while welcoming visiting trade union officials from New Zealand and Australia who have been asked to find ways and means to re-strengthen trade unions in Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions consists of both state and private sector unions.

Meanwhile, Mr Kagovai pleads for the support of unions to encourage their members to vote for Labour Party candidates who will contest the 2006 parliamentary elections, especially the three Honiara seats.