The PNG Communication Workers Union is against the merging of three communication companies, following a decision by the National Executive Council.
Union President, Nug Mamtirin, says there is no legislative framework for the merging, and employees of Telikom are at risk of losing their jobs. He made this statement yesterday following a decision by Telikom employees to continue their stop work at the Head Office in Port Moresby.
President Mamtirin says only Telikom is established through an Act of Parliament, and should not be merged.
The Union has prepared a reply to the Prime Minister’s response, and will have it delivered, through the Chief Secretary’s Office.
The Union hopes to meet Prime Minister Peter O’Neill next week to find solutions to their concerns.
Despite the stop work, services provided by Telikom will remain uninterrupted.
On the 20th of February 2017, employees of Telikom and the PNG Communication Workers Union petitioned the Government following an NEC decision to restructure state-owned communication companies.
That petition elapsed yesterday, however the Prime Minister’s response was not accepted by Telikom employees and the Union.