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Honiara teachers threaten 2013 boycott if travel payments do not arrive

Honiara teachers threaten 2013 boycott if travel payments do not arrive

Updated 12 December 2012, 18:41 AEST

Over 600 teachers in the Solomon Islands's capital Honiara say they are considering boycotting classes next year, if the city council doesn't make its contribution to their travel allowances.

The Solomons' school year ended last week.

But many teachers have been stuck in the capital, as they have not been provided with the full allowances to travel by plane, or sea, back to their home province for the annual Christmas holidays.

The allowances are provided by the national government and the Honiara City Council, and while the government has provide most of its half of the payment, the council has indicated it will not be doing so.

Yesterday angry teachers held a protest outside the council office, and the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association has been in meetings with it and others over the past two days.

The association's general secretary Johnley Hatimoana, spoke with Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney about the situation?

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Johnley Hatimoana, General Secretary of the Solomon Islands' National Teachers Association

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