GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR WAGE FREEZE IN THE SOLOMONS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 24, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands Government has announced that there will be no wage increases in the Solomon Islands this year.

Radio Australia correspondent George Atkins reports:

"The Solomons Government has confirmed that there will be no pay raises despite opposition from trade unions. The wage freeze will affect both government and private sector workers.

"A government statement says the Trade Dispute Panel has been told to support only pay awards based on increased productivity and improved performance.

"The Government, the Solomon Islands Chinese Association and the Solomons Chamber of Commerce have agreed not to raise the prices of goods and services, with the government controlling price increases and monitoring the wage freeze throughout the year.

"George Atkins for Radio Australia in the Solomon Islands."

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