Strike brewing at weather service

A strike is slowly brewing at the National Weather Service headquarters in Port Moresby.

National Weather Service officers, following their March 16th petition to the Transport Department, have waited for 3 weeks for the Department to rectify the workers’ 9-year salary discrepancy issue.

The 21-day notice served to the Department of Transport lapsed yesterday (April 5) thus, nationwide strike is the only option the weather officers will resort to at 4:06pm today if nothing favourable transpires now until close of business.

One of the spokesperson of the National Weather Service Working Committee, Percy Hakaru, told this newsroom that all employees from the headquarters and outstations nationwide have agreed to stop work indefinitely.

The NWS Working Committee said according to the information they have gathered, Transport Department received the cash warrant on March 21st 2018 and a sum of K1.7 million is available to implement the revised salary structure (from the current Civil Aviation Salary Fixation to Mainstream Public Servants Salary Structure) however, this is yet to be honoured.

The working committee maintains that they have fulfilled all appropriate and legal requirements and have exhausted all options.

A nationwide strike is their final stance now.

Carolyn Ure
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