Water services ‘to continue’

The National, Tuesday July 12th, 2016

EDA Ranu chief executive officer Henry Mokono says the company will continue to supply water in Port Moresby despite threats by certain union groups to stop work.
He was responding to a statement from a coalition of professionals in the aviation, maritime, telecommunications, education and transport sectors giving Prime Minister Peter O’Neill until midnight tonight to step down.
Spokesman Moses Murray said on Sunday the coalition was giving O’Neill 48 hours to step down, otherwise “he can expect all major sectors and industries in the country to stop work by Wednesday morning”.
Captain James Makop, a pilot, said all flights would be grounded if O’Neill did not take the matter seriously.
But Mokono yesterday said Eda Ranu was supported by its workers’ association and would not take part in any “stop-work”.
“This is not really an industry issue. Eda Ranu is not part of this and we will not play any part in it,” he said. “I have the support of our workers association (Eda Ranu Staff Association), as well as the workers.
Eda Ranu Staff Association president Kalim Tamari said the 48-hour ultimatum given to O’Neill to step aside was more of a “political issue”.
“This has nothing to do with our employment conditions, employment package, etc,” Tamari said.
Meanwhile, PNG Air chief commercial officer Paul Abbot said the airline would be operating its normal schedule on Wednesday.
Air Niugini also posted on its social media page that it had an obligation to provide airline services to the people of PNG and abroad.