19 Apr 2012

Solomons unions query independence of MPs' salary-setter

3:33 pm on 19 April 2012

Public sector unions in Solomon Islands intend to question the Parliamentary Entitlement Commission over a four percent increase to the salaries of members of parliament.

The general secretary of the Solomon Islands National Teachers' Association says heads of unions are hoping to meet tomorrow with the commission, which sets MPs' salaries.

Johnley Hatimoana says the unions want the commission to explain the reasons for the increase, given MPs also had a payrise last year.

He says parliamentarians' salary increases should relate to their performance.

"If you look at the negotiation that we have with the government we have to fight for it whereas the Parliamentary Entitlement Commission just gives something automatically to them every year and that is unfair and I feel that the parliamentarians have been involved in those things."

Johnley Hatimoana says the only other thing the unions can do is ask that public servants across the board receive a payrise.