Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) and the Vanuatu National Workers Union (VNWU) have reached a common understanding through negotiations after a strike notice issued by VNWU for AVL workers.

The two parties conveyed in a joint statement that the strike notice which was issued on June this year is no longer a threat as it has been withdrawn.

According to the statement, both parties have agreed on a way forward through a conciliation process on Monday this week to address a number of long and outstanding staffing issues which have always been a subject of discussions with past AVL Management since 2009.

“A number of key areas/issues have been identified and which forms the basis of this agreement. One of these key issues is to collaborate and promote dialogue on issues of common interests and dispute settlement procedures.

“This is with the aim of ensuring all necessary steps have been fully exhausted prior to engaging on any industrial actions going forward”.

The DOL in the statement also acknowledged the fine efforts displayed by both parties to come to a mutual agreement on these long and outstanding issues for the benefit of the workers, company and the country at large.

The conciliation meeting held at the Conference Room of the DOL was presided by a conciliator appointed by DOL.

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