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The Chief Executive of Telikom P-N-G is adamant he will go ahead with the Spill and Fill policy despite stiff opposition from the unions.
The P-N-G Communications Workers Union says the Spill and Fill policy is a foreign concept which is being implemented without its consultation.
P-N-G-C-W-U General Secretary, Jeff Borari, the matter is now before the court and is deemed illegal is in contempt.
Borari says the exercise has also resulted in the retrenchment of qualified and experienced national staff, and wants the management to use the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
But CEO, Michael Donnelley, when addressing the workers says, they will go ahead with the current restructure as it is important for Telikom P-N-G it is to remain relevant to survive the current market environment.
"We know we are acting within the law.We have board approval.We do seek specific legal advice when we know something is going to be difficult.Some of the union claims are not based in facts and which is one of the reasons why we sort of communicate to everybody at the same time rather than to select group so everybody hears the same thing at the same.Fundamentally Telikom, as a company,if its going to remain relevant and valuable as a state owned company,has to change.Telstra in Australia went through similar things.Cables and Wires in England went through went to similar things.All the Bell companies in the U.S went through similar things.Papua New Guinea has not immune to that.Its difficult but necessary".
Mr. Donnelley told NBC news, workers have since returned to work and everything is normal after they addressed the workers this morning.
Meantime, the P-N-G-C-W-U says they've given the government 24-hours to address their grievances or face a nationwide strike action.
They are calling among other things the sacking of CEO Michael Donnelley, and Chairman Mahesh Patel, and the entire management and halt implementation of the new structure.
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