UPNG academic staff stand to take industrial action

Members of the National Academic Staff Association (NASA) of the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) stand to go on an industrial strike if their grievances are not met.

NASA had given a September 30 deadline ultimatum, which lapsed last Friday, for the university management to give a feedback on the outstanding 7.5 percent back payment.

NASA president Emmanuel Gorea confirmed today that discussion on the 7.5 percent back payment is still on going with relevant the authority, the Department of Finance and Treasury.

Gorea will be meeting with the university management on Tuesday, October 4 regarding the matter.

He said they will still resort to an industrial strike after meeting with the National Industrial Registrar that will receive their grievances.

Meantime, Gorea explained last week, after NASA met with vice chancellor Professor Albert Mellam, that if their demands are not met, the resumption of second semester maybe in jeopardy.

Quintina Naime