22 Nov 2003

Solomon Islands public employees to strike for more pay

11:29 am on 22 November 2003

The Public Employees Union in Solomon Islands says it's disappointed that the government has decided not to award its workers a pay rise in this year's budget.

The Finance Minister, Francis Zama, said at 25 million US dollars, the public sector payroll is the Government's biggest single cost.

He said that was too high and any demands for pay increases will not be considered.

But Clement Waiwori from the Public Employees Union says his members haven't received a pay rise for the last ten years and they are now planning to take industrial action on the 29th November.

"Morale is below zero because they have not been paid a salary increase for the last ten years. They are not in a position to work and you must expect low levels of productivity. Everybody is looking forward to the expiry of the strike notice and they will go on strike after the 28th of this month.'"