Govt given seven days to respond to Telikom petition

The National Government has been given seven days to address nine point petition presented to it by the PNG Communication Workers Union or face a potential strike.

The warning was delivered during the delivery of the petition to Chief Secretary Isacc Lupari yesterday by PNGCWU.

The PNGCWU have urged the Government to address pointers in its nine page petition or return with a response with a week or else a secret ballot will be carried out on whether strike action is taken.

The warning follows three day sit-in protest over several government announcements recently.

They include the of Telikom, Bemobile and DataCo under the Umbrella Company Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited; the announcement of John Mangoes as CEO of Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd; and the recent announcement of a K20 million profit by Telikom Board Chairman, Mahesh Patel.

The PNGCWU have called for the merger proposal to be scrapped and for the removal of Mangoes and Patel from the respective seats.

Lupari when receiving the petition yesterday said he will forward the document to Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, who will deliberate on and advise in due time.

Credit: TV Wan News

Cedric Patjole