Workers & Morobe Government Against Liquidation

Suspended Workers of the Lutheran Shipping Company met with Morobe Executive Council members today after a tussle with liquidators.

It’s understood that a deal has been signed to release the company’s wharf area at Lae’s Voco point to East New Britain Port Services.


The workers are against it and the Morobe Provincial government backs them.


The workers met with Morobe Provincial Executive Council members today to stop the sale of Luship’s Voco Point wharf, after senior members of the Church administration agreed to liquidate the company.


The Workers concerns still remain. They want to start working, but if there is no work, then their outstanding benefits must be paid.


The Morobe Provincial Government had to give assurance today.


The Church Partnership Program Chairman, Charlie Foike, spoke on behalf of the Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru.


Foike says the Provincial Government is against the decision for liquidation. “From our Lawyers advice, the liquidation was illegal from day one,” he says.


This tussle will continue to prove fatal for places that rely on sea transportation.

People in Siassi, Finchaffen and other centers relying on the shipping service have begun to face transport difficulties, since the announcement of the liquidation.


The decision was made at Church council level. This document signed by the Church’s nominees gave permission for the liquidation.


Before all this, the NEC had offered to inject ten million kina, and the Morobe Provincial Government used financial muscle to push for part ownership.


While the liquidation is being carried out, there is growing uncertainty amongst the workers who aren’t sure about their future with the company.

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