27 Feb 2012

Cook Islands union says government priorities wrong in budget spend

2:53 pm on 27 February 2012

A union group in the Cook Islands is strongly critical of the government's supplementary budget.

The Cook Islands Workers Association's president, Anthony Turua, says the government has its priorities wrong.

He says the spending on airline subsidies, the sports agency CISNOC and the Civil List, ignores the impact of a deficit budget on the Cook Islands' workers.

Mr Turua says workers are crying out for additional purchasing power to combat the increase in the cost of living.

He says the government should invest in the country's people first through instruments that will provide quality workers who will become more productive.