No jobs will be lost after merger: Duma

Minister for State Owned Enterprises, William Duma, has assured the staff of Telikom PNG, bmobile and DataCo that the Government is not planning on sidelining any staff after the merger.

Duma was responding to questions raised by Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat on allegations that staff will not be getting entitlements after the merger.

Dr Marat raised a series of questions, asking for clarification from the Minister responsible, William Duma.

He said mergers, unlike the current one, usually take a very long time so as to deal with issues that need to be properly settled.

He claimed that the merger is allowing outsiders to take over our national security.

“We are allowing outsiders coming into our country and getting what is rightfully ours and making a lot of profit out of it and leaving us bitter.”

He also asked Minister Duma to explain and justify the alleged massive debt Telikom PNG owed to a commercial bank.

He added that many staff of Telikom PNG have raised concerns and disapprove of the merger as Telikom has been profitably making money on its own.

Minister for State Owned Enterprises, William Duma, in response explained that the government is undergoing a new structure in order to compete with the giant telco company – Digicel PNG.   

He further stressed that once the merger is fully operational, more employees will be recruited.

“There are no plans in removing the staff when the merger is in operation.”

(Minister for State Owned Enterprises, William Duma)

Freddy Mou