Thank the Lord the unions look to win over Telikom and its employees will have a better living deal.
Judge duped by Telikom’s case
By SHEILA LASIBORI
THE Waigani National Court will not hesitate to dismiss a court proceeding initiated by Telikom Limited against the disputing Communication Workers Union if Telikom does not take steps to address the real issues disputed by the union members.
That’s the words from Justice Ambeng Kandakasi yesterday, when he was asked by lawyer representing the telecommunication company Julie Nandepe to adjourn the case to next week.
She sought the adjournment to seek further instructions from the company after briefly submitting that the union members did not follow procedures prescribed by industrial regulations to conduct the secret ballot to go on strike.
Justice Kandakasi asked how the union members had not followed procedures when the court was aware that necessary steps were taken before the secret ballot was conducted.
“It is not a matter of instructions; it is a matter of law,” the judge told Ms Nandepe.
The latter and her client were also told to outline the necessary steps that the union and its members did not take, when they staged the strike.
The matter returns to the same court on April 3.