The National aka The Loggers Times
More than 600 workers at Ramu nickel’s Kurumbukari mine in Madang went on a strike over the weekend to have the mine management address issues.
Workers at Kurumbukari in Bundi supported by their colleagues at the mines refinery at Basamuk in Rai Coast gave a petition to the company management two weeks ago.
Ramu Nickel Workers’ Union vice–chairman Peter Aragaina said the response they got did not go down well so they decided to go on a sit-in strike last Thursday.
Aragaina said the workers pointed out 11 major issues affecting their work in a form of a petition.
One of the 11 points was to have the company vice–president removed from office over claims that local engineers and geologists were having problems communicating with him since he does not speak English or TokPisin.
“Communication is one of the problems we have, that’s why we keep misunderstanding ourselves and continue to have problems at work,” Aragaina said.
He said they also demanded the safety standards of the company should be up to Australian and New Zealand standards.