Papua New Guinea's United Church Assembly has told a Minimum Wages Board hearing that the country is sitting on a time bomb.
The Post Courier newspaper reports the Church's Human Resources Manager, Andrew Topo, as saying the recession in PNG is such that people are struggling to buy enough food to feed families each day.
Mr Topo says the government needs to seriously address the issue before it gets out of hand and people take the law into their own hands.
He says the country is sitting on a time bomb that could explode anytime.
Mr Topo says life for people at the grassroots is going from bad to worse and one can expect a disaster any time when those people can no longer tolerate the hardships they are currently experiencing.