TAHITI PRESIDENT PLANS TO CUT PUBLIC SERVICE

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PAY BY HALF
Temaru assert government saves $180 million yearly if pays are
cut

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 12, 2011) - A French Polynesian politician has challenged the president, Oscar Temaru, over his suggestion to halve the pay of public servants as his administration is in the grip of a financial crisis.

Sandra Levy-Agami, who is an independent assembly member, has issued a statement, saying nobody in the administration earns more than US$12,000 a month as he has claimed.

She says discussions about the size and funding of the public service should not be used to stir up things.

Speaking at a public service conference in Tahiti this week, Mr. Temaru revealed that he advised his government that about US$180 million a year could be saved if pays were cut by half.

He says some public servants enjoy phenomenal salaries while the people have nothing.

The week-long conference follows a French report that calls for deep cuts including the closure of the Tourism Office, Tahitipresse and Tahiti Nui TV.

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