Solomons Public Sector Unions Demand Pay Raise

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MP salary increase prompts government-wide raise request

By Jennifer Kakai

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 26, 2012) – The Public Sectors Union is demanding the government to increase salaries of all government workers by 4 percent back dated to April 1st this year.

Spokesperson and Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) general secretary Johnley Hatimoana said if the government is quick to approve the 4 per cent increase on parliamentarians’ salaries then it should do the same for all government employees.

He also demanded the Parliamentary Entitlement Committee (PEC) to reveal the figure of increased salary payments made to parliamentarians over the last three years.

"We want the Parliamentary Entitlement Committee to provide us salary figures from 2008 to this date to confirm whether parliamentarians have already received this increase after the announcement," Mr. Hatimoana said.

"If so, we want government to pay a 4 percent increase in salary to all government workers as well."

PEC recently announced approval for a 4 per cent increase on parliamentarians’ salaries and SB$8,000 [US$1,081] for their constituency touring allowances across the board and gazetted it on April 1st.

Mr. Hatimoana said the Public Sectors Union Coordinating Committee and Solomon Islands Council of Trade Union (SICTU) yesterday met and agreed to forward their grievance to the PEC.

"We will submit our letter to the Parliamentary Entitlement Committee and to the Ministry of Public Service on this issue because this is a slap on the face of government workers and is not in the best interest of the country," he said.

He said the group hoped to get a response from the government before Friday next week so that they can deliberate on the issue.

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