4 May 2005

Solomon Islands public employees to receive pay increases

1:54 pm on 4 May 2005

Public employees in Solomon Islands have received a one-off cost of living allowance and a 2.5 percent salary increase backdated to the beginning of this year.

But, they've been warned by the Minister of State assisting the Prime Minister, John Martin Garo, that they must effectively deliver their duties or face termination of employment.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that Mr Garo made the warning when he signed the agreement with the Public Employees Union.

The one off payment is a 16-percent Cost of Living Allowance for the first three months of 2005.

Under the agreement, public servants will receive their pay increase on June 30th, while police officers and teachers receive theirs on July 6th.