PNG police to get strike busting power

12:15 pm on 13 July 2016

The National Security Advisory Committee in Papua New Guinea is expected to give police the power to arrest anyone inciting strike action within essential services.

The Committee was convened following threats from a civil society group with links to the air transport and maritime sectors.

It called on the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, to step down by midnight on Tuesday to face fraud allegations.

The group has encouraged people across PNG to stop working if Mr O'Neill does not resign.

The Chief Secretary to government, Isaac Lupari, told the newspaper the National, that the committee could invoke two laws which enable police to arrest people advocating violence, disruption of public services and destruction of public property.

The company which manages the Port Moresby water supply and the main airline in PNG said their services would not be disrupted.

The Trades Union Congress has told RNZ International that it does not endorse the group's call strike action.