NIUE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SEEKING SOLUTION TO GOVERNMENT FINANCE

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ALOFI, Niue (July 18, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---The Niue Public Service Commission says it wants to ensure the pain of government cutbacks is felt evenly throughout the island.

The country is trying to avoid a financial crisis, and last week put off the tabling of the next fiscal year’s budget until further savings could be found.

The government is also looking at becoming involved in a possible multi-million dollar project involving the sale of its hotels to a Korean consortium.

The cuts in government services are likely to involve cuts in wages or a cut in hours worked, or both.

Malua Jackson, who is the chair of the Public Service Commission, says the members are working with government departments to ensure the impact is evenly spread.

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