Stranded Tuvaluan Workers Leave Nauru
05 July 2006
ABC Asia Pacific
About 370 Tuvaluan workers are being returned to their home island after being stranded on Nauru.
The workers and their families had been struggling to return home, after money ran out ot pay their wages and entitlements in Nauru last year.
After contributions from Australia, New Zealand, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru and the European Union, some 200 of the workers were returned to Tuvalu by boat last week.
The remaining 170 people are expected to be picked up early next week.
The assistant secretary of Tuvalu's department of foreign affairs and labour, Paani Laupepa, says the situation has been partially resolved.
"We agreed that we have to compile a list of the final claims, especially the entitlements that the workers should have got," he said.
"This will be submitted in due course to the Nauru government."