Lupari needs to reprimand Kali: Association

​Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari has been called on to investigate and reprimand Department of Personnel Management (DPM) Secretary, John Kali.

The PNG Health Support Workers Association (PNGHSWA) has asked Lupari to investigate Kali and get a response as to why there has been a prolonged delay on their log of claims. These include their housing allowance, pay increase, leave entitlements and other industrial matters.   

A directive was given to DPM by the acting chairlady to respond to the log of claim through the office.

They had given DPM ample time to respond to their grievances however, to date, DPM has not given a positive response.

PNGHSWA general secretary Jack Suao said despite the DPM trying to take the Industrial Registrar to court for the judicial review of the registration of PNGHSWA, Kali failed to object the registration.

The Industrial Registrar had given 35 days for objection and an additional 21 days.

Suao stressed that the Association is legally registered and should address the employees’ industrial matters.

“These are the technical delays which we are not happy with, therefore we plan to go on three weeks’ stop work in the coming days to express our grievances,” Suao said.

Suao also warned Kali and the Secretary for Health, Pascoe Kase, not to threaten any members who will be going on strike.

Suao added that if they happen to do so, then he’s prepared to take them to Court over DPM’s prolonged delay.

Quintina Naime