20 Oct 2003

PNG pilots say no to wage cut

4:16 pm on 20 October 2003

Air Niugini's pilots have refused to take a 10 percent wage cut to help Papua New Guinea's ailing national carrier.

The airline has been trying to solve some of its financial troubles by cutting the wages of all employees that are paid more than 12-000 US dollars a year.

The National Air Pilots Union president, Peter Ansphil, says the pilots had agreed to a 10 percent wage cut on the condition the airline underwent an audit however the airline did not take up the offer.

Mr Ansphil says the airline's last audit was in 2000 and the airline failed to produce financial reports for the last two years despite a 91-thousand dollar a year contract for an accounting firm to do so.

He also says PNG pilots are the lowest paid in the pacific compared with regional airlines, Air Vanuatu and Fiji's Air Pacific.