19 Apr 2012

Solomons unions question MP salary rise

12:41 pm on 19 April 2012

Public sector unions in Solomon Islands are protesting against a four percent rise in the salaries of members of parliament.

The general secretary of the Solomon Islands National Teachers' Association says heads of unions are hoping to meet tomorrow with the body that sets the salaries, the Parliamentary Entitlement Commission.

Johnley Hatimoana says the unions want the commission to make clear the rationale for such an increase, given MPs also had a four percent increase last year.

"When you talk about parliamentarians they are earning something like 156,000 dollars a year, that's Solomons dollars, that is a big increase for parliamentarians, that's ordinary parliamentarians. When we look at the ministers, the prime ministers and the lot, you have bigger increases in terms of the four percent."

Johnley Hatimoana says the unions will be raising questions about the independence of the commission in tomorrow's meeting.