1 Sep 2005

Local Air Niugini pilots seek pay parity with ex-pat pilots

10:21 am on 1 September 2005

Papua New Guinea's airline, Air Niugini, is being told that local pilots should be paid the same as expatriate pilots.

Air Niugini's Chief Executive Officer, Rod Nelson, says the pay of expatriates, who are on three year contracts, is 20-percent more than the national pilots who are employed under an award.

The Public Accounts committee says there is no justification for the differences in pay for the two groups.

It has directed that the salaries be adjusted and effected by the beginning of next year.

The National newspaper reports that the committee also recommended that expatriate pilots living overseas be relocated to Port Moresby.

According to Air Niugini management, there are 50 local pilots out of 104 and most of the expatriate staff are based in Australia.