10 Oct 2006

Solomons talks to avert medical strike

2:35 pm on 10 October 2006

New discussion are under way in Solomon Islands in a effort to avoid strike action by members of the nurses and medical associations.

Notice of industrial action in support of a pay claim was given five weeks ago.

The two associations wanted to be included in a six-percent award given to public servants last June.

Strike action had been due to get under way today, but the two associations have been holding talks with the Public Servants Association.

The head of nursing at the Ministry of Heatlh, Amos Lapo, says it's hoped all industrial action can be avoided.

"They were talking about signing a formal agreement and then they should be able to let members know."

Mr Lapo says if an agreement is not reached, the outpatients department at the main hospital will close this afternoon and other departments and provinces would follow over the next few days.