22 Aug 2002

PNG public servants wages could be cut by ten percent

4:33 pm on 22 August 2002

Unions in Papua New Guinea are angry over plans by the government to cut the wages of public servants by 10 percent.

President of the Public Employees Association, Michael Malabag says he is shocked at the unilateral decision by the government to make public workers pay for the bad management decisions of politicans.

Although the government has not yet officially announce its decision, the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare has indicated drastic cost cutting is needed to solve the country's financial problems.

Mr Malabag said he was told of the proposal during a meeting with officials of the Departments of Personnel Management and Public Service.

The PEA is considering what action to take in protest at the proposal.