PHASE TWO OF SOLOMON ISLANDS' PUBLIC SERVANT REDUCTION PROGRAM COMING

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (February 1, 1999 - PACNEWS/SIBC)---The Solomon Islands Public Service Commission next week will consider the approval of the next phase of the government's redundancy program, under which 490 public servants will be laid off.

The consultant to the Public Service Right-Sizing Program, Milner Tozaka, said the redundancy submission to the Public Service Commission is being processed.

More than 60 middle to senior-level civil servants lost their jobs last year.

Tozaka said the remaining 490 officers at the middle and lower-levels have been issued a one-month lay-off notice.

Meantime, the Solomon Islands government has run into a legal tangle in its attempts to reform the civil service. Permanent Secretaries made redundant under the program have taken the government to court, claiming the action did not follow appropriate procedures and is unconstitutional.

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