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Sanap strong wantaim long pasin bung wantaim

(Stronger together in solidarity)

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The Papua New Guinea Trade Union Congress (PNGTUC) is a national trade union center in Papua New Guinea. It was formed in 1970 as the Federation of Workers Association in Lae, than was transformed to the PNG Trade Union Congress in 1974, and has a membership of 70,200.

The PNGTUC grew from 11 affiliates and 17,000 members in 1986 to 30 unions and 60,000 members by 1988. Today it has 38 affiliates out of the 70 active trade unions in the country.

The PNGTUC is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation. Png Trade Union Congress is committed to our mission of organizing and educating workers. We are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. We strive to build productive and beneficial relationships with all of our pursuits. One of our greatest strengths is the support retired members display with their continued involvement in our campaigns.

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Issues and Actions

Png Trade Union Congress is committed to pursuing the interests of our Trade Union members. The work we do is aimed at bridging the gap between workers’ rights and their employers’ expectations. We ensure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals to join forces and lend their voice in the decision-making process.


Equal Work, Equal Pay

Png Trade Union Congress is truly passionate about this issue, as it is one that impacts so many people all over the world. We hold this issue close to our hearts, working day in and day out to find ways to improve the cause of workers. Png Trade Union Congress aims to maintain balance within the labor system, and will keep pushing until the right deal is reached.


Employment Benefits

Png Trade Union Congress is proud to support and push for change throughout the labor landscape. This is a very serious issue that impacts workers worldwide. We address this issue head on, and rally the support and resources needed to make change a reality. If you would like to find out more information about this issue, as well as others, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Latest Stories

Our media database includes the latest news footage and archives of past Png Trade Union Congress articles. Here you will find a collection of relevant publications and reports dating from the organization’s inception in 2000, all the way up to the present day. Check out some of our featured articles below and learn more about our efforts.

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Png Trade Union Congress Budget Release

In today's press conference held by the Porgera Mine Allied Workers Union, surfaces another "unfairness" embedded in law which places all formal sector workers at great disadvantage.
The PMAWU General Secretary, Meck Minalla when pressed by the media as to why no agreement was signed with their former employer, Barrick Niugini Ltd, for re-employment of all employees made redundant once the Mine rolls back into operation, his response revealed and re-affirmed the devil in a provision of the Employment Act 1978.
PMAWU asked to enter into collective bargaining with BNL, basically to reach an agreement that, when the Mine reopens and BNL is to operate the Mine, all employees made redundant should be re-engage or be given first preference for re-employment. Such has happened in Australia, NZ and elsewhere not only in the Mining sector but other sectors as well where the laws governing employment sets the basis for collective bargaining in similar scenarios.
BNL refused with the simple reason. The Employment Act 1978, accord the employer every RIGHT to "hire and fire", it is their (BNL) right by law to refuse collective bargaining in this instance.
As it is by law, employers can sack any employee any time without any reason. Workers are saved by grace because of practice established by good employers and by trade unions for the unionized sectors which represent less than 25% (est.) of the formal sector workforce.
A subservient Law should and must not impinged on any constitutional right of a worker. It must offer an opportunity for collective bargaining which is a constitutional right of each worker.


Markets Respond to New Regulations


To: Prime Minister, Lands Minister and Governor Powes Parkop as Chairman of NCDC Physical Planning Board.

• Which direction is your moral compass pointing to?

• Have you misplace your moral obligation to the people you represent, your voters?

• What happened to your fiduciary duty to the people who gave you their powers to lead them?

• Has anyone of you realized how much violations the people suffered at the hands of the state which was suppose to act, protect and promote the people's interest?

Workers are outraged. Too often PNG workers are given the broad brush label "unproductive". Too often we forget decent shelter over workers' heads is a critical factor that boost productivity.

So we ask, whose responsibility is it to provide low cost public housing?
In a country (screwed by politicians over the past 45 years plus) where our wages and salaries aren't adequate to own a decent home, minimum wage too low. A country where we are robbed off our net take home pay by CPI, high cost of rental and generally the extremely harsh cost of living.

Workers and their families' are being evicted left, right and centre everywhere. In NCD, 14 mile, Gerehu, Morata and now ATS (land portion 695) to name a few.

Is the Lands Department a private entity serving the interest of the powerful and well-to-do citizens and corporate citizens? The Department of Lands have without slight due care have been serving injustice to workers by selling state land to foreign tax evaders and unscrupulous capitalists including individuals for twelve pieces of silver. All the while workers income taxes topped the state's revenue streams.

Prime Minister your people, the workers, are asking - "use your disrectionary powers" to direct the Lands Minister to stop all eviction exercises immediately and conduct a proper due diligence check on how the titles of state leases are in the hands of those who now attempting to evict workers residing in urban settlements, not limited to NCD only.

These workers taxes and votes are perfectly legal, however, where there live and go to work forced by circumstances beyond their control, they are viewed with disdain as illegal settlers.

# We need immediate intervention from our government #


Collective Bargaining Basics


Any opportunity that will bring new jobs into the job market is an opportunity never to be missed.

The PNGTUC welcome the announcement by the NGCB as the regulator of the gambling industry in PNG to allow operations of casinos in the country.

We appreciate concerns raised by various quarters of our communities including churches against this proposition, but let not these concerns blind us from seeing the positives that will come out of this initiative.

More and more working age Papua New Guineans are looking for work every day in an economy where jobs are too few. This opportunity holds a huge potential that will help to soak up unemployment in our country. With more formal employment coming on stream through direct and indirect employment from casinos and spin off businesses, we can expect a broadening effect on the country's income tax base.

Let us not restrict our views to the social downsides only, but open up to consider the economic aspects of this proposition.

The country needs to stimulate other sectors of the economy outside of the extractive industry and agriculture to diversify its revenue stream. Casinos can stimulate tourism industry, no doubt.

Churches must learn to except the fact that Adam and Eve were not denied the opportunity to eat from the tree of knowledge, they were left with the will to choose. Similarly gambling is something individuals will decide to gamble or not to.

Whilst the concerns about money laundering are genuine, stringent monitoring is not an impossible task to carry out to keep in check such occurrence.

Anton Sekum
Assistant General Secretary

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