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Public servants in Samoa to get a pay rise

The Samoa government has proposed a 3 percent pay rise for all public servants to become effective next month.

The salary increase is proposed in the first supplementary budget for the current fiscal year which was tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, on Tuesday.

The government will spend 7-million US dollars on the pay rise.

Faumuina also announced an allocation of more than 150,000 US dollars to complete the salary increases first granted to all government teachers in 2010.

Meanwhile the government has decided to increase the monthly payment for the pensioner scheme from the current 60 to 65 US dollar a month.

The finance minister says the government maintains it will not increase taxes but that the supplementary budget will be funded from revenues and overseas aid.



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