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January 25, 2022

Opposition Challenges Unions

By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The Opposition has supported the call made by the Police Union yesterday to stop politicians from interfering with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC).

The call was made after the union received information that there were discussions underway to replace the Police Commissioner, Gari Baki.

However, the opposition also challenged why the union was silent when some of their colleagues needed support to fight injustice.

Opposition Leader, Don Polye, is urging the whole of the public service to look at the call from the union, and to stand for their rights.

However, he said the opposition would also want to see the union fight for the rights of their colleagues.

Those he named are,the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Director, Mathew Damaru, and his staff; Deputy Director, Timothy Gitua, and Thomas Eluh, who are looking for lawyers to represent them in court.

Yesterday, the Police Union gave a stern warning to the government to stop interfering with the RPNGC.

They want the constabulary to be stable and for them to prepare in advance to provide security for upcoming international events.

Meanwhile, the opposition is also questioning the Public Employees Association, which is the mother association of all unions in the public sector in PNG, as to why they have been silent for so long.

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