Government workers union pursue tension claim

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By Mike Puia

THE Solomon Islands Public Employees Union (SIPEU) also used its recent courtesy visit to the Prime Minister to inform him of its ethnic tension claim.

SIPEU is pursuing the government to compensate its members who risked their lives during the ethnic period, from 1998 to 2013.

SIPEU’s General Secretary, Robert Au, confirmed they have raised this claim with Prime Minister Hou.

“We want our members who risk their lives during the ethnic tension period to be compensated. In fact, some have traumatized and others resigned as a result,” Au said.

He said most of them are employees of the Ministry of Finance, staff of Customs and Police officers.