14 Apr 2006

Northern Marianas government workers angry at wage cuts

4:16 pm on 14 April 2006

More than 400 government employees in the Northern Marianas have spoken out against measures that will reduce their wages by 10 percent.

The newspaper, the Marianas Variety, reports that nearly 300 people showed up at the multi-purpose centre in Susupe to express their opposition this week.

This follows a similar meeting on Tuesday night, when about 100 people from Tinian spoke out against the bills, describing them as unfair.

However, the government's Press Secretary, Charles Reyes, says the administration is not backing down from its position that a wage reduction measure must be implemented.

Mr Reyes sats they simply don't have enough money to maintain the existing payroll liabilities.