9 Sep 2014

Vanuatu workers praised after sacking

9:48 am on 9 September 2014

A Vanuatu union has warned companies more workers are prepared to take action over grievances.

An aerial view of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila

An aerial view of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila Photo: Supplied

This follows the Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa on Saturday being forced to reverse a decision to sack staff.

52 staff had been sacked but were re-instated just ten hours later.

The workers had protested that not all allowances had been paid and after the terminations another 100 or more workers threatened to join them.

Police were called to remove the sacked workers, but they refused to go.

However the Vanuatu National Workers Union helped them reach an amicable solution and union official Ephraim Kalsakau says he is pleased with the workers' resolve.

"This is the first time for me to see people actually taking action and then supporting themselves in such a way. So, I don't think its a good sign for companies who think that terminating workers is a good thing. I think they should realise that it's time, for us to sit and sort out things when they arise."

A workers' union official Ephraim Kalsakau.