NA-led government vows to balance up salary levels after elections
THE National Alliance-led government after the election will balance up salary levels of expatriates and local experts to prevent more qualified Papua New Guineans leaving the country to seek work overseas.
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare said this yesterday when launching the party’s Momase region campaign in Bulolo.
Sir Michael told a big crowd including women and children that the country was missing out on better quality services because more and more of PNG’s qualified people were leaving the country to work overseas because of the type of salary system the country had.
“Since independence, Papua New Guinea has produced many talented and qualified people, including civil engineers, doctors, pilots and the list goes on.
“But because of our pay system, where we pay expatriates more than Papua New Guineans, many are leaving our shores to work overseas because they are equally qualified as the expatriates,” the Prime Minister said, according to a media statement issued by his office.
“When we get back into Government, I will make it the Government’s business to revamp the whole system so that nationals are paid the same as expatriates that we employ in any field.”
The issue of disparity in wages for professionals was raised in Parliament on a number of occasions, but the Government had failed to address the issue through legislation.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also rallied the party’s support for Morobe Governor Luther Wenge, where he called on the Bulolo people to continue to support Mr Wenge because he was one of the best leaders from Morobe that the Government had worked with.
“Mr Wenge can criticise the Government but when it comes to work on issues affecting people, he is always there to support.”
I was fabergasted when Somare wanted to change the Salary and Wage remuneration next year. How long was he the Prime Minister of this Country? If it was some aspiry new candidates like Bire Kimisopa or Maxton GRaham or some others, than that is fine, but not that old wizard who had dusted the King Crown chair of PNG? That kind of speeches makes me wonder, why we have been only experimenting with Politics for the last 30 years with Somare. Somare is truely not intelligent, and that fact is surfacing and he is no grand chief to me.
Please get rid of NA......Somare istap we na we PNG's are getting lousy pay in comparision to our expatriate workmates, though we work on the same job.
Somare em con-man and a grand thief. ...so be it. Yupela olgeta sepik harim. Get rid of Somare, because sending him back only shows that the load of you sepiks seems to be advocating that corruption in the country.
APology igo long ol Sepik iluk save long dispela na kamapim narapela lida.
It is a pity that the old man has lost it. It is hardly surprising b'cos nature has taken its toll due to his age. He is no different to our lapuns in the village when they age and start making irrational decisions.
The best thing the Sepiks can do now for themselves and for PNG is to vote the old out which may not be the ideal way. It would have been better if he had resigned and not contested in the elections, however this is late now.
If he is voted back again, he will be simply a puppet of Bertha, Arthur and Puraitch...the rest of the Sepiks and PNG will again be subjected to irrational and self centered decisions again.
Hon. Somare should go to hell with his monotonous crap to look into pays. As an example, Somare boasts that he was once a teacher himself but look at the teachers' salaries...too little for too much work. What has he done? Nothing. The same applies to other departments and organisations. I think he has nothing more to offer to PNG.
Michael Somare has long allowed cabinet members to make money that even puts expats to shame. Numerous PNGs have earned excellent money as members in inquiries like the recent Finance Dept inquiry. Its only brecause of Somare that so many PNGs with little talent have now become millionares so do not complain that he does not have a heart for the people or addressing wage disparity between expats and PNGs.
Few expats would make so much money for doing so little as the opportunities our PM has provided many of our own people, esp Sepiks.