22 May 2006

PNG teachers back at work after eight days of strike action

8:16 pm on 22 May 2006

Papua New Guinea's Teaching Service Commission says it's relieved that teachers are back at work.

Teachers returned to work today after being on strike over a 4-percent pay rise, housing allowances, and salary discrepancies.

The operations chief of the Teaching Services Commission, Michael Pearson says a memorandum of understanding has just been signed with teachers.

He says teachers who are owed a wage increase dating back to 2003, will be paid from July.

And he says a bipartisan task force has been appointed to look into the teachers' other concerns.

"We're very glad that they are back and its been quite an effort to get this done and while our children are missing out, its very important that our children are getting back to classes. We're very pleased that the union came to agreement so we can have these matters looked into and we can have teachers doing their job of educating our children."

Michael Pearson