Vanuatu airport cleaners win compensation

A Supreme Court judge has ordered Airports Vanuatu Limited to pay two cleaners almost $US17,000 severance because of their unlawful termination.

Justice Oliver Saksak says the company has the power to dismiss a member of staff for serious misconduct, only if there is no other course to take.

He ruled that Jacklyne Sese, who had worked for the company for 16 years, and Susan Noel, who had worked for nine years, had not been treated fairly.

Tehy were awarded about $US11,000 and $US6,000 respectively.

The ruling was welcomed by other cleaners who told the Daily Post newspaper that it proved the law was applicable at all levels of society.