Solomon’s workers sign up to the union
Travelling by canoe to workplaces on remote islands has been no impediment to the organisers from the Workers Union of Solomon Islands (WUSI).
After only ten months, over 1500 workers from tuna canneries to local government offices have joined the WUSI and started bargaining for better wages and conditions.
This project, jointly funded by UnionAID and APHEDA from Australia, is supporting WUSI to reach workers in the more remote regions.
WUSI Vice-President Clera Rikimani, is proud of the progress being made:
“Even though the workers that are registering are in other provinces far from the capital, we managed to get to them, talk with their employers and get them registered. This is a great success…”
With a minimum wage of just 75 NZ cents an hour in the Solomon Islands, the ability to bargain collectively for better wages and conditions is vital to lifting the livelihoods of workers and their families.