Miner urges staff to resume work
ALL RamuNiCo employees have been advised to resume work immediately by senior inspector with the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, Paul Wartovo.
Mr Wartovo’s instruction follows a sit-in protest by the workers since last Friday, January 22.
This is after the company management responded to a letter by the unions on January 21, raising 11 points covering the daily management and operational issues of the project.
However, Mr Wartovo said appropriate industrial relations processes and procedures had not been followed before the protest.
“It is advised that all members of the union are to resume work immediately and allow the union executives and the management of RamuNiCo to seek DLIR’s intervention on the matter,” he said in a letter to the president of the union Justin Mende on January 22.
On this basis, RamuNiCo Management Ltd said the industrial action taken is in non-compliance with Ramu nickel project operations industrial award 2014 and directly betrays the trust established between the union and the company.
RamuNiCo has asked its employees to return to work with the commitment to seriously address the concerns raised.
“The company expresses its sincere desire to improve its performances within the context of operating in PNG and all that it entails,” the management said.
The Department representative, RamuNiCo management and the union executives will meet today, Wednesday January 27 for a compulsory conference pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act to arrange for a settlement on the 11 point petition.
Furthermore, the management said that all members of the union must be aware that there were very precise prerequisites in accordance with the “Industrial Organisation Act 1962 (Act) that must be complied with before any such action is taken.