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Opposition question Government’s decision for public service pay cut

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The five to ten percent wage cut in the public service workforce has been criticised by the Opposition. Deputy Opposition leader, Joseph Lelang, says public servants have been penalised in such poor decision making.
“The Opposition wants to know Government’s policy and the motive behind this pay cut,” said Lelang. “The public service mechanism will be affected,” he added.

Lelang went on further stating that public servants will be key in improving the delivery of services. He said the Opposition cannot understand the reason why Government is making the cut against productivity and employee dedication in the sector. Lelang called on the Government not to make poor decision while the country is facing economy challenges.
“People are already feeling the pinch of the cash problem, what else is the Government deciding on to make this hardship worsen.”

The Deputy Opposition leader says new reforms must be established for the Public Service workforce. The Opposition is urging the Marape-Steven Government to reconsider the decision and make cuts in other sectors.

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

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