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TARAWA, Kiribati (April 6, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---The Kiribati government has implemented new working conditions for I-Kiribati laborers employed by foreign contractors involved in the country's major development projects.

Affected workers now are entitled to overtime, starting pay of $AUS 1:30 (US $0.87 cents) an hour and the same working hours as government employees, Radio Kiribati reports.

All overtime claims are to be doubled-checked by the government section involved in a specific foreign contractor's project.

Implementation of the new employment rules and regulations begins with the multi-million dollar Port Betio project, for which Japan's Dai Nippon construction company is responsible.

The Kiribati government established the new requirements following repeated complaints about Dai Nippon's treatment of employees while constructing the new Central Hospital and the King George V and Elaine Bernacchi School complex in the village of Bikenibeu.

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