UNIVERSITY OF PNG PAY PACT ENDS STRIKE BY INDIGENOUS ACADEMICS

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By Phil Yombon

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 31, 1998 - The National)---The week-long strike by University of Papua New Guinea national academics ended on Friday after the Salaries and Conditions Monitoring Committee approved their main claim for an increase in the academic teaching allowance.

Full details of the new increase were not available but the academics, members of the National Academic Staff Association at the Waigani and Taurama campuses here, have decided to resume their duties.

NASA president Jo Mangi said yesterday that their other two claims for improvement of the security service and provision of amenities were also accepted by the university administration and would be implemented immediately.

UPNG Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rodney Hills and Mr. Mangi said in a joint media conference that the strike was over and NASA's three claims had been settled by the administration.

NASA, which has been fighting against the disparity between national and expatriate pays under the dual salary system, had demanded an increase in the Domestic Market Allowance for the national staff to reduce the disparity.

Public Service Minister Ian Ling-Stuckey yesterday expressed relief at the news that the NASA strike had ended.

Mr. Ling-Stuckey thanked staff at the Personnel Management Department for their role in helping to negotiate and resolve the dispute.

He said the agreement was within the parameters of the Government's pay policy.

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