Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PNG Nurses Secret ballot results in favour of strike

A declaration of the secret ballot results have been made known and members of the Papua New Guinea Health Support Workers Association (PNGHWA) have voted on an indefinite strike over pay and working conditions.

This announcement of the secret ballot was done yesterday after the final counting of votes at the Electoral Commission office at Boroko in Moresby Northeast.

According to PNGHSW general secretary Jack Suao, the secret ballot results showed that 1868 members voted in favor to go on strike while only 11 people voted not to strike.

Mr Suao confirmed that out of the 3000 financial members of the association, 2000 members cast their votes and 14 provinces conducted the secret ballot.

"We the executives of the Papua New Guinea Health Support Workers Association (PNGHWA) will now submit a one-week letter of notice to the chief executive officers of all provincial health authorities, Department of Personnel Management and the Chief Secretary’s office before proceeding for the strike action late next week.

"The strike will proceed despite Personnel Management Secretary’s call for restraining order at the National Court," he said.

He said a meeting will be held today to notify all health centre and hospitals to allow skeletal staff to man vital services while the majority of the workers are on strike.

"We have given enough time to Personnel Management to respond but our requests have gone to deaf ears and the Secretary John Kali must be blamed of the strike that will hit hard on the health service delivery nationwide," he said. Post Courier