Power Operators Raise Concerns on Work Benefits

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By Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Over 20 local workers at the Hanjung Power Facility at Kanudi in Port Moresby claim they are without employment benefits.

They said the company has not increased their remuneration package, and they lack assistance with medical insurance, proper safety gear, training and expertise.

“In 2014, they have discussed this matter with the company’s management but to date nothing has been done,” a worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

EMTV News arrived today at Hanjung Power Facility at Kanudi in Port Moresby to receive these workers discrepancies concerning their employment benefits.

They said over the years the company has failed to meet their necessary benefits like, allowances, medical insurance, proper safety gears, and expertise training for workers.

They claim that they have been paid a rate of K2.50 for a period of two years with an increase of 50t every year.

They also said there were no airfares and travel allowances given.

Meanwhile, they have been paid K15 allowances and their retirement package is equivalent to their fortnight allowances.

They said this multi-million Kina company has neglected their proposals regarding employment benefits since the establishment of the facility in 1997.

EMTV News will attempt to contact Hanjung management for a response tomorrow. 

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