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Many companies not paying new rates

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 7, 2009) – The peak body representing Australian trade unions - the ACTU - has been asked to help make sure PNG's new minimum wage is implemented.

Earlier this year, the newly-established PNG Wages Board recommended a wage increase from $US27 a fortnight to $US74.

It is the first time the minimum wage has been increased since 1992 and is intended to be implemented in three steps over the next 12 months.

However, the president of PNG's Trade Union Congress, Michael Malabag, told a meeting of ACTU representatives in the Australian city of Brisbane that most companies are yet to comply with the new rates.

"Most of them have not complied as yet," he said.

"As a result the executive director of the Employer's Federation has put up notices in the Post Courier and The National urging employers now to implement the issue."

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