14 Oct 2005

PNG power workers strike

4:52 pm on 14 October 2005

Power workers in Papua New Guinea have gone on strike despite a restraining order taken out by the management last month that was extended on Wednesday.

The national strike by 700 union members which began yesterday, left skeleton crews at most power stations around the country.

PNG Power management says that a court order remains in force and that anyone breaching it could be cited for contempt and jailed.

In a newspaper advertisement, the PNG Energy Workers Union called for all members to go on strike as agreed to in a ballot on September the 14th.

Among the union's demands is the removal of board chairman, John Jeffrey, and the termination of a contract with an Australian consultancy company.