Union and Telikom in standoff

The Telikom PNG management and PNG Communication Workers Union (PNGCWU) will be meeting on Thursday to discuss the new recruitment policy.

The management of the state-owned telecommunication company is adamant to implement the ‘spill and fill concept’ while the worker’s union is saying the requirement policy is illegal.         

PNGCWU president Nug Mamtirim said the Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Benjamin Poponawa has directed both parties to have a conference to find a solution to the disagreement.

“The conference started yesterday after we wrote to the Labour Minister on November 16,” Mamtirim told Loop PNG.

He maintained his claim that the new policy is ‘illegal’ and the union was not consulted when the recruitment policy was introduced in April and May.     

“The spill and fill is inconsistent with the country’s labour law,” Mamtirim added.

Charles Yapumi