A secret ballot will be conducted next week by the PNG Health Support Workers Association to decide if they should go on strike over an outstanding log of claims.
The workers which include HR managers, cleaners and accountants want to see a pay increase, and better conditions, which will cost up to K10 million.
General secretary, Jack Suao, said their log of claims has not been attended to for a year now, and there hasn’t been a response from the Secretary of Personal Management, John Kali.
He said if they agree, the 800 plus members in Port Moresby will take the lead to go on strike.
This could result in see the shutdown of health services delivery such as medical supplies and transport.
The Association is made up of non-clinicians and has more than 3,000 members working in all the health sectors of PNG.
They also state to have lodged their claims with the Department of Personnel Management in September last year, but have not received a response since.
Altogether, the association has requested to be recognised; to have an increase in their salary, housing allowance; and for restructure and promotions.
Today, Suao said in a Press Conference that the Department must respond favourably or they will walk off their jobs.