Education Minister Responds to PNG Teachers Association Demands

Yesterday Minister for Education, Nick Kuman responded to demands made by the Papua New Guinea Teachers Association on the three percent pay rise. The Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement gives a three percent increase annually for 2017, 2018 and 2019. This equates to a total of nine percent that should have been adjusted to the teachers’ salaries over the last three years, however the government did not budget for it in 2017 and 2018.

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Teachers Demand Promised Pay

The Papua New Guinea Teachers Association wants the government to pay the three percent pay rise promised to them according to the Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement that was signed between the Council of Public Sectors Union and the government in 2016.The association demanded a response from the government this Friday, or term two classes for primary and secondary schools will be disrupted.

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Council of Public Sector Unions rejects PHA Medicare Plan

The Council of Public Sector Unions, COPSU, has rejected the recently announced Medicare Health Plan by Government – a plan, being promoted by PNG Health Assurance. It is instead calling on Government to involve the Public Employees Association and other unions in discussions to negotiate a better medicare and life insurance cover for public servants throughout Papua New Guinea.

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Wapenamanda Airport Extension Project Launched

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill officiated the ground breaking ceremony of the Wapenamanda Airport extension project. It is a K43 Million counter funding project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the National Government under the Civil Aviation Development Investment Program (CADIP).The Wapenamanda airport extension project will not be big as projected due to funding constraints. However, the current runway will be extended and more coal tar will be pasted on the runway to have enough strength to carry weights from big planes. The airport’s tarmac will be extended for two or more planes to park.

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Maru wants certainty on financial arrangement for ACP & EU

National Planning Minister Richard Maru has called for certainty in the financing arrangements under the ACP-EU Post Cotonou Agreement that is being negotiated. Minister Maru who is attending the 4th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Central Negotiation Group in Chad, Central Africa, submitted a paper on behalf of the Pacific region.

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Minister Maru call for certainty in the ACP-EU Financing Arrangements

The Minister for National Planning & Monitoring Hon. Richard Maru has called for certainty in the financing arrangements under the ACP-EU Post Cotonou Agreement that is being negotiated.
Minister Maru who is attending the 4th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Central Negotiation Group (CNG-M) in N’Djamena, Chad, Central Africa, submitted on behalf of the Pacific region that the Post Cotonou ACP-EU development cooperation arrangements must have a financing plan as an integral part of the core Agreement in order to ensure certainty in the planning and access to funding.

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