3 Mar 2006

Strikers force port in Solomon Islands capital to shut

2:16 pm on 3 March 2006

The Ports of Honiara and Noro in Solomon Islands are at a standstill today as workers go on an indefinite strike.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports more than 1-hundred and 60 staff members of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority began strike action after the expiry of a 28-day strike notice last night.

The Ports Authority currently pays an allowance of 26 US dollars year to the workers, but they are demanding an increase owing to the disparity between this payment and the allowances accorded to directors.

The Ports General Manager Ngenomea Kabui says the action by workers is a loss to local businesses who use port services daily, as well as to the country as a whole.