Union slams staff termination


THE PNG Banks and Financial Institution Workers Union has condemned the decision by the National Development Bank (NDB) to terminate two of its members.
A union statement said the termination of the two employees was a direct infringement of the workers’ rights to form or join a trade union.
It also alleged that infighting in the NDB is delaying the roll-out of the K80 million government funding to facilitate lending to small micro-medium enterprises.
“Section 47 of the Constitution of PNG as well as the International Labour Organisation Convention 98 and Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights give workers the right to form and join a trade union organisation,” it said.
“The NDB management (decision) is a blatant disregard for workers’ welfare and abiding by good industrial practice.
“The injuring of employees on account of being a member of the union is an offence under section 63 of the Industrial Relations Act.”