15 Jul 2009

Fiji public service faces more lay-offs

11:21 am on 15 July 2009

Fiji's Public Service Commission says it plans to cut the number of public servants by another 20 percent as part of reforms to be completed by next year.

The PSC chairman, Josefa Seruilagilagi, has told Fijilive that public servants will be asked to take voluntary redundancy packages.

Another 6,000 jobs are to be slashed after 2,500 staff were made to retire in April following a decree by the interim regime that lowered the retirement age to 55.

Mr Seruilagilagi says the government's budget is mostly used to pay salaries and this has to be brought down.

Last year, the public service faced pay cuts but the interim regime retained its pays.