The National aka The Loggers Times
I WRITE on behalf of national employees of Ok Tedi Mining Ltd (OTML) affected by the mass redundancy happening within the company.
It is understandable that low metal prices have caused the company to cut down its workforce.
But what is confusing is while positions previously held by national employees are being made redundant, expatriates are flogging into the company, some whom are very old and do not even look physically fit to work.
Does the immigration and labour department know about this?
What is the retirement age for these expatriates to work in the country?
We have graduate engineers and qualified trades personnel who have been asked to resign, but these expatriates are being hired.
To me, this does not reflect OTML’s slogan, “Building Our Future”.
I call on Mining Minister Byron Chan to bring this up in parliament.
This is our country and we cannot sit and watch these expatriates come and take our jobs.
Petitions have been written and given to our local members and the prime minister, but they seem to be ignored.
Since the government now wants to fully own the company, can the prime minister and his cabinet address this issue?