Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 23 September 2015Posted: September 23, 2015
Radio Vanuatu lunchtime news reported today that Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) staff will go on strike on 21 October if the action of the AVL Board to terminate CEO Jason Rakau last week is not reversed. Yesterday’s Daily Post had Watson Willie replacing Rakau as CEO from last Wednesday, as decided by a new Board led by businessman Alain Lew. A strike will seriously interfere with aviation in Vanuatu. Such action by government organisation workers has happened before when governments are seen to be simply hanging on, as presently with so many MPs facing criminal charges. VBTC News also saw the possibility of strike action within VBTC – the national broadcaster – itself. The reasons were not outlined.
VBTC News has drawn attention to the Prime Minister speaking of the colonial legacy of the Condominium continuing to divide people until today. The division is seen in every aspect of society, and is a main cause of all divisions of people in Vanuatu, he said.
The PM has headed off to the UN General Assembly in New York. (Post)
A so-called National Validation Workshop will meet in two months to look at the National Sustainable Development Plans for 2016 – 2030. PMO consultant Henry Vira said this will enable the final comments of provincial stake-holders and technical people and finalize how government departments will organise the plans. (VBTC) And the Deputy Prime Minister, in a sudden political move, has announced the re-formation of the Vanuatu Cooperative Federation. (VBTC and Post today)
Radio Vanuatu News yesterday drew attention to the need for a single structure to represent all business interests in Vanuatu. The General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce, Astrid Boulekone, made this clear at a National Trade Development Committee meeting recently. The Chamber should be nationally recognized as representing the private sector throughout the country Boulekone and meeting participants agreed.
Santo land owners from the Mango area have used the namele leaf tabu to block work on the new Santo wharf because they are unhappy at the VT 500 per cubic metre rate offered. They say the provincial and national governments must review the rate being offered. (VBTC)
The URA has announced a 14.74% reduction in the water price, to VT 50.54 a cubic metre in Daily Post today.
And another croc has been spotted in the Alkita River at Sola, Vila Times reports this week, with photo.
Vila Times also has suggestions that Opposition Leader Lini and former PM Natuman and former Speaker Boedoro will be suspended from Parliament in an extra-ordinary session next month by the government still hanging in there. Of course, if they have the numbers.