19 Mar 2014

Strike looms in Solomons over unpaid claims

9:24 am on 19 March 2014

Immigration officers are threatening to disrupt international and domestic flights in and out of Solomon Islands if the government fails to pay outstanding special duty allowances.

Ten immigration officers, who are also members of the Public Employees' Union, are threatening the strike action.

The outstanding special duty allowances are for the years between 2005 and 2009.

The Acting General Secretary of the Solomon Islands Public Employees' Union, Clement Waiwori, says a 22-day strike notice was issued on February the 22nd.

He says the notice was issued to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration and a number of other ministries.

Mr Waiwori says the Ministries have failed to positively respond to the notice, and a strike is now imminent.