15 May 2003

PNG Parliamentarian joins call for higher minimum wage

4:07 pm on 15 May 2003

The Papua New Guinea Labour Party leader and the Western Province governor, Dr Bob Danaya says low wages are killing lowly paid workers and their families.

The MP is backing a call from trade unions for the Government to reinstate the year 2000 minimum wages determination which would see the lowest wage earners awarded nearly 17-US dollars a week.

The Morauta government threw out the determination, saying it was not in the national interest.

Dr Danaya says he is disappointed with the stand taken by the Employers Federation.

He says workers are important and issues relating to their welfare and well-being should be tackled.