A Ministerial Order No. 39 of 2017, signed on March 31, 2017, by Minister Alfred Maoh, responsible for Labour matters and officially gazetted on April 4, 2017, under the powers conferred on him under Trade Dispute Act (CAP 162), gave order for discontinuation of industrial action.

The Ministerial Order states: “In Exercise of the powers conferred on me by subsections 34 (1),(2) and (3) of the Trade Dispute Act (CAP 162), I, the Honorable Alfred Maoh, Minister of Internal Affairs, make the following Order.”

1. Industry and Undertaking

The following institutions have undertaken to engage in industrial action as of 30 March 2017, subject to the settlement of their demands.

(a) Societe de Services Petroliers S.A Trading as Pacific Petroleum; and

(b) Vanuatu National Workers Union.

2. Discontinuation of Industrial Action

During the period for which this order remains in force, a person or class of persons specified under clause 2 must not;

(a) call, organize, procure or finance a strike at any irregular industrial action or threaten to do so; or

(b) institute, carry on, organize, procure or finance a lock-out or threaten to do so.

3. Application Order

This Order applies to the following persons and classes of persons:

(a) The Vanuatu National Workers Union and all its registered members and any member of the general public who has an interest in the issues surrounding the Vanuatu Workers Union in relation to the Societe de Services Petroliers S.A trading as Pacific Petroleum dialogue process over claims;

(b) Ephraim Kalsakau (MP), Secretary General of the Vanuatu National Workers Union;

(c) Jean Pascal, Union Representative;

(d) All staff of the Societe de Services Petroliers S.A. trading as Pacific Petroleum and their relative;

(e) All members of the Vanuatu National Workers Union;

(f) Members of the general public.

4. Steps to be taken in trade dispute

The following must occur in settling the trade dispute concerned under this Order:

(a) Social dialogue between the employees’ representatives from the Vanuatu National Workers Union and the Management of the Societe de Services Petroliers S.A. trading as Pacific Petroleum on Thursday 6 April 2017 to Thursday 20 April 2017;

(b) If the dispute is not resolved between Thursday 6 April 2017 to Thursday 20 April 2017, a meeting between the parties to this dispute is to take place on Friday 12 May 2017.

5. Commencement

The Order commenced on March 31, 2017 and ceases to have effect on May 28, 2017.

The Order was signed by Alfred Maoh, Minister for Internal Affairs.

It was gazetted in the Government Official Gazette on April 4, 2017 (yesterday).

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