Foundation assures payment of stadium contractors

About 150 skilled workers that were engaged in the construction of the stadiums used during the FIFA U20 Women’s Cup will have their overtime claims paid this week.

The workers were engaged through Parohu EPC Engineers by the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation (PNGSF) to construct the Bava Park, PNG Football Stadium and 16 training fields.

PNGSF chief executive officer Peter Tsiamalili Jr confirmed that the workers will receive part of their overtime claims on Friday, December 23.

Parohu country manager Micah Vines clarified that all their wages have been paid however, they were promised bonuses of about K500,000 for their hard work during the nine months of work.

Tsiamalili told the workers when addressing them today, that the delay in paying their full bonuses was due to budget constraints and cash flow difficulties the country is facing.

“The workers have approached us and wanted some clarification and some understanding on when they will be getting their bonuses.

“I took the responsibility to ensure that we address their grievances and allow them to have something in their pockets leading into Christmas.

“That’s something that we resolved today to provide some way forward with that aspect of their grievances,” Tsiamalili said.

Vines added that they are happy with the outcome and are very civil and have an understanding of the situation.

Quintina Naime