SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board chairman Nollen Leni has made a scathing attack on union leader Tony Kagova, describing him as opportunist.
He was responding to calls from SIPA workers, who are being led by Mr Kagovai, for his sacking.
“The issues which Tony raised and recommended the need for an investigations are tactical veins to promote the restoration of the Tony Kagovai’s fallen Union body in this country,” Mr Leni said.
“He seizes this opportunity to pull a fast trigger on SIPA’s employees because of their frustrations over the changes resulting from the board’s reform policy, which is currently ongoing because he needs money to survive,” he added.
“Now, people of Solomon Islands need to know this fact and swallow it well. Unionism in Solomon Islands is a threat to the development of this country.
“No investor in this world would want to invest in a country that is ruled by irresponsible unions.
“And Tony Kagovai’s union is an irresponsible union and is a severe threat for companies and employers in this country.
“This is a serious problem. Has anyone Solomon Islander ever think of this?”
Mr Leni said history has recorded that, many companies have suffered the consequences of Tony Kagovai’s irresponsible, shortsighted, arrogant and selfish motives.
“He has forgotten that he has destroyed the life’s of many Solomon Islanders in his 14 years RIPEL unsettled saga.
“He destroys the future of his loyal RIPEL members, their families and their future is in a catastrophic doom and for ever forget them What an Unionist fanatic!
“Lest we forget, it would be interesting to check up how Tony has managed to get his deregistered union re-registered by the Registrar.
“I would have thought that he too should be de-registered as a union leader because he is not capable of managing an union in this country.
“What is his economic value compared to the RIPEL workers who toil and sweated for the economy of Solomon Islands and are now left high and dry. What a sacrilege!”
By CHARLEY PIRINGI