9 May 2013

PNG's main port at Lae now back in action after strike

7:36 pm on 9 May 2013

Papua New Guinea's biggest and busiest port at Lae is now back in operation after a strike ended on Wednesay.

Earlier this week disgruntled landowners and members of the PNG Waterside Workers and Seamen's Union had forced work at the port to a standstill until the national government and state agencies met their demands.

Our correspondent in Lae, Oseah Philemon, says the landowners' main concern was that another stevedoring company was to be brought in to run the port.

He says the government has met with landowners and promised to address this issue.

"The port operations have returned to normal after the minister for state enterprises and investment assured the landowner groups from Ahi and Labu that the government will fully investigate their concerns. So the Lae port has reopened and work has resumed."

Oseah Philemon in Lae.