20 Sep 2002

Solomon Islands trade union leader says government wastes money on junkets

10:41 am on 20 September 2002

The head of the Solomon Islands Public Employees Union, Clement Waiwori, says the government is wasting public money on a delegation to the UN General Assembly.

This week the government revealed that more than 26-thousand US dollars had been allocated for a 8-member delegation to attend the General Assembly in New York.

The allocation was in addition to the UN's contirbution of five return tickets and funding from Taiwan.

Mr Waiwori says the allocation is irreponsible as it comes at a time when many workers are still owed wages.

He says it is not the first time the government has acted in such a way while the country is suffering economic hardship.

"Since this government came into power they haven't rested yet. There have been lots and lots of overseas trips and we are notsure how beneficial those trips and meetings are to the current situation we have here."

Clement Waiwori.