PNG’s Trade Union Congress has not recognized calls by politicians in the Opposition for a nationwide stop work next week Thursday and Friday.
PNGTUC General Secretary Clemence Kanau explained that strike actions are mandated responsibilities of industrial organizations and can only be called for by Trade Unions and not politicians.
“Strikes are called for by Trade Unions and strikes are synonymous to trade unions.”
Mr Kanau said TUC has been observing what is transpiring up till today and has not resolved or decided on the proposed strike action.
He said until today, “there is no process and procedure been followed to sanction a nationwide strike so any calls by politicians will not be recognized by TUC because they did not enter into any agreement or understanding with the politicians to call for a strike action.”
“I believe the terminology is wrong, maybe the intent by politicians is right but “strike” is not the right terminology to be used,” said Kanau.
Secretary Kanau said when it comes to industrial actions, all processes and procedures under the Industrial Organisations Act of this country are to be followed and the process is simply.
“Notices must go out and union members must vote to give mandate to the leadership to call for a strike action.”
He said “politicians don’t call for strikes, trade union leaders and its membership does.”