4 Apr 2011

PNG doctors' union leaders in court today

10:15 am on 4 April 2011

The secretary of the Papua New Guinea Department of Personnel Management says leaders of the doctors' union will face contempt of court charges this morning over a strike that the National Court ruled illegal.

An almost week-long strike by nearly 500 members of the Papua New Guinea Doctors' Association over demands for better salaries and other allowances finished on Friday.

John Kali says the court ruled that the strike was illegal because the association didn't follow the correct process for taking industrial action.

He says he met with the doctors union on Friday to begin talking about a plan for resolving the dispute.

"We have been told by the courts that we need to come up with a schedule on or before the 8th of April and once the parties have agreed to the schedule we are going to appear in the court on the 13th of April and present that to the court."

John Kali says illegal strikes leave the doctors open to lawsuits from the public over loss of life.