6 Jul 2002

Public servants in Solomon Island seek pay rise

8:53 am on 6 July 2002

Public servants in Solomon Islands are to demand a pay rise to help them cope with the hike in the cost of imported goods.

Clement Waiwori of the Public Employees Union, says the price of rice, which is a staple food for many urban workers, had increased dramatically.

He says this has created a situation where many workers are almost living below the poverty line.

The push for a wage rise comes after public servants have staged several strikes because of the government's failure to pay them on time.

It also comes as the Government prepares to reduce its payroll by up to forty percent, to help it meet its budget.