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SINTA President Samson Faisi

SINTA to challenge ruling; vows to continue strike

SOLOMON Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) is challenging a Trade Disputes Panel (TDP) ruling to call their strike off.

President Samson Faisi said their lawyer will present the appeal today to the TDP, the High Court and the Attorney General.

TDP convened a hearing into the matter on Tuesday during which it ruled SINTA must call off the strike.

But Mr Faisi said they are not calling off the strike but will challenge the ruling.

“The ruling does not say the strike is illegal, it simply asked as to call the strike off,” Mr Faisi said.

“But we are not calling this strike off unless the Government comes up with firm assurances to pay the teachers’ relevelling exercise.

“So this strike will continue.

 “Unlike previous teachers’ strike where there were differences, this one has seen a strong solidarity amongst teachers.

“What we are doing here is not for SINTA, but for the future interest of the teaching profession,” Mr Faisi said.

He called for teachers to remain firm and continue to boycott classes.

“We have crossed the line. There won’t be any going back unless the government meets our demand.”

The Government has not come out with any latest statement on the issue, but earlier it appealed to SINTA to respect the TDP’s ruling and called on teachers to resume duties.

It assured teachers it will honour the TDP ruling and will work together with relevant authorities to address the teachers’ demand.

By Bradford Theonomi