NAURU, KIRIBATI MULL PAYMENT OF PHOSPHATE WORKERS
March 17, 2005
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Mar. 16) Ė Informal
talks are to be held in Tuvalu this week to discuss how 1,000 foreign workers on
Nauru can be paid off so they will go home.
Nationals from Tuvalu and Kiribati worked in the once-thriving Nauru phosphate
industry over two decades but have not been paid for a considerable time.
Itís understood they wonít leave until the Nauru government pays them.
A deputy secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Iosefa Maiava, says the
issue will be raised informally as he and an official from Kiribati will be
discussing the Pacific Island Forumís so-called Pacific Plan with the Tuvalu
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