24 Dec 2003

Solomon Islands unions still uncertain about response to pay offer

11:11 am on 24 December 2003

A member of the Solomon Islands Nurses Association says it may be early next year before a union response is made to the government's pay offer.

Public sector unions had been claiming a 2.5 percent pay rise and eight percent cost of living adjustment but despite this being awarded by a trade disputes panel, the prime minister offered only the 2.5 percent pay rise.

Unions were to have met yesterday to thrash out a response but this does not appear to have happened.

Amos Lapo of the Nurses Association says it won't happen before Christmas.

"According to what has come out, we are looking at maybe during new year, after the xmas break. From the reactions from the public, they are not very happy."

Mr Lapo says he suspects the delay is due to elections being held for executive positions at the Public Employees Union.

He says, however, that it's still an option to take the government to court.