1 Aug 2014

Fresh start for union in Solomon Islands

3:15 pm on 1 August 2014

A journalist in the Solomon Islands says the creation of a new trade union could start a fresh chapter for workers rights in the country.

The Workers Union of Solomon Islands announced its registration this week.

It comes after the previous National Union of Workers was deregistered upon a High court ruling over its members' illegal strike during a long dispute between the government and the Russell Islands Plantation Estate Ltd.

Our correspondent in Honiara, Dorothy Wickham, says the new union will try to move on from the problems of the past.

"I think now it'll now fall on this new executive to ensure that it does not go down that path. That it remains focused on workers rights and not get stuck in the old politics of the former union."

Dorothy Wickham says 50 percent of the union's membership must be held by females, which should be positive for representing women worker rights.