24 Oct 2006

PNG Telikom feels no major disruptions over Union walk-off

7:58 pm on 24 October 2006

The chief executive officer of Papua New Guinea Telikom says disruptions from the stop-work action by the communications workers union have been minimal.

Telikom workers affiliated with the communications workers union or CWU have walked off the job over pay demands and the hiring of foreign consultants.

The CEO of Telikom, David Waterhouse, says the workers are taking industrial action which the industrial relations commission has declared illegal.

He says despite this, the union insists it's not on strike.

"But from reading the newspaper, it's to do with a salary review. Not that matter, as explained to the unions and the staff in general, has already gone up to the board and has been agreed. There's another board meeting later this week that addresses some related issues to do with housing allowances and vehicles. But otherwise that's all in place. So it's unclear to us why exactly they are on strike. We haven't received any demands from the union and as far as we're aware they haven't filed with the industrial relations commission either."

Telikom CEO David Waterhouse