by Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The fourth day of the sitting protest involving PNG Power employees in Port Moresby has resulted with the employees, through the Energy Workers Association, rejecting a 20 per cent pay rise suggestion by PNG Power Management.
In a letter to PPL Chief Executive Officer, John Tangit, PNG Power employees said they are still waiting for the outcome of the Enterprise Agreement.
The Enterprise Agreement is an agreement between PPL and its employees, on their workplace conditions.
In a six-page letter to CEO Tangit, the PNG Energy Workers Association, on behalf of its PPL union members and employees, have demanded answers from the Management on the 2010 Enterprise Based Agreement, and the 2012 EA Review Committee Terms of Reference.
Santee Margis representing the PPL employees said the letter they are responding to was presented to CEO Tangit yesterday.
“We are not accepting the suggestion of the 20 per cent increase because of the K2 million claim on the salaries of the current Executive Director John Mangos,” Mr. Margis said.
The rejection of the 20 per cent increase by EWA is subject to a claim that the Executive Director’s salaries have exceeded K2 million per year, and the recruitment of other expatriates salaries that are yet to be made known, based on the Enterprise Agreement.
The sit in protest began on Monday following the K2 million salary claims on John Mangos.
The employees said the money is sourced from within PPL’s in house cash flow, and presented two sets of petitions containing eight demands to both the Board and Management.
In an interview with Mr, Tangit on Monday, the CEO said PPL management will be managing the work stoppages.
However the sitting protest is expected to continue today.
The sit in protest had received support from PPL staff in other provinces; however, since the work stoppages began on Monday, it has not been raised during question time in the parliament sitting this week.