23 Mar 2016

Union calls for ban on shipping to Solomon Islands

12:42 pm on 23 March 2016

A union in Solomon Islands has called on the International Transport Federation to place a ban on shipping services to the country.

The Workers' Union of Solomon Islands is in a dispute with the country's Port Authority over the sacking of port workers.

Honiara port

Honiara port Photo: RNZ Koroi Hawkins

The union's General Secretary Tony Kagovai said he has informed the UK-based body of the dispute.

He said the union has also demanded the port's chief Colin Yow be sacked.

The High Court earlier ruled sacked port workers be reinstated while waiting for the Trade Disputes Panel to arbitrate on the sackings.

The Workers Union is an offshoot of the deregistered Solomon National Union of Workers.