19 Aug 2015

Solomons' university resumes classes

2:32 pm on 19 August 2015

The Solomon Islands National University has resumed classes for its second semester amid an ongoing dispute between the administration and lecturers at the college.

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Staff have been on strike for the past three weeks because they want their new university contracts backdated to 2013 when the then Solomon Islands College of Higher Education moved towards university status.

But the university's Vice Chancellor is adamant the contracts should start from April this year saying the delay in getting them signed was due to union disputes over new minimum qualification requirements.

Glynn Galo says the matter has gone to arbitration and all lecturers are expected back at work immediately.

"Once an issue is brought before the Trade Disputes Panel then things should operate normally. So we are having classes, we have begun classes already. But from past understanding of the trade disputes panel it can take some time but I am just hoping that the Trade Dispute Panel will try and resolve this issue as quickly as we can."

A preliminary hearing on the matter takes place on Thursday.