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President of Papua New Guinea Public Employees Association (PEA) Robert Kutapai has congratulated James Marape as the duly elected eighth prime minister.
“The dust has settled and the people have spoken through their representatives on the floor of Parliament affirming the test of democracy in our government system as the country aspires for a government by the people and for the people,” Kutapai said.
“In congratulating the prime minister, the PEA welcomes his vision and intent to take back the country as alluded to in his maiden speech in Parliament as the prime minister,” Kutapai said.
Kutapai said while the focus is on foreign advisers to government, the union is urging the prime minister to look into its nationals – the so called technocrats and bureaucratic advisers to government.
“The union deems these advisers as blockages or impediments to delivering to the country an effective, ethical, knowledgeable and healthy public service which the citizens of this country deserve,” he said.
“There are many public service workers issues that have been on the government table for years but the manner in which these issues are mitigated can only be described as pathetic.
“The public servants housing, taxation and health care issues are burning issues driven by PEA for years and we look forward to your interventions in these regard under your prime ministership,” he said.
“In saying these, the PEA thanks the former prime minister in mitigating the State liability in the superannuation fund for public servants.
“While the State liability is still being managed, we applaud the former prime minister for his resolve to settle the government’s liability.
“The three per cent award by PEA to cushion the cost of living is still sporadically administered because the bureaucrats failed to budget the award.
“The labour issues in the public sector are not adequately mitigated due to failed systems and processes leaving the public servants high and dry,” Kutapai said.
He said these are very grave concerns of the public servants who are mandated to drive the government’s development agenda.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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