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 ‘Slashing PM, Ministers Pay Our Core Value’

  Tupou Draunidalo is party leader and president of HOPE. She is a former Opposition Member of Parliament of the National Federation Party. She is also a lawyer by profession.
01 Sep 2018 10:00
 ‘Slashing PM, Ministers Pay Our Core Value’
 Government Buildings in Suva where the Fijian Parliament is located.

 

Tupou Draunidalo is party leader and president of HOPE. She is a former Opposition Member of Parliament of the National Federation Party. She is also a lawyer by profession. The views and opinions expressed here in the article are those of Tupou Draunidalo and not of the Fiji Sun.

To accord with our core val­ues of hope, opportunity, prosperity and equality – a HOPE-led government will slash the Prime Minister’s salary and al­lowances by 50 per cent as soon as Parliament can effect that after the 2018 General Election.

Ministers’ salaries to be cut by 25 per cent. Then an independent accounting firm will be appointed after a tender process to indepen­dently recommend (assess and set the salary bands) for the Prime Minister, ministers, and Members of Parliament.

We would also like to have another look at the salaries of our most sen­ior civil servants – the Permanent Secretaries. Their salaries need not be so far higher than the rest of the civil service generally or indeed the elected Members of Parlia­ment who determine Government policy and direction through mak­ing laws.

If this makes those positions less attractive to overseas appli­cants, Fiji will not be at a loss as we already have very many quali­fied personnel working in Fiji and abroad to fill those positions.

We hope that the independent ac­counting firm will also look into tying any increases and decreases in salaries for parliamentarians, ministers and the prime minister – to the increases and decreases of salaries for civil servants generally.

These issues to do with salaries are not empty words from us. The leader of HOPE, Roko Tupou Drau­nidalo, was a Member of the Remu­neration Committee in Parliament and while there, there was an abso­lute bar and resistance to any sala­ry increase or amendment without the involvement of an independent party or accounting firm.

The matter was brought up by some backbenchers and to be looked at sympathetically as Mem­bers of Parliament have to help the Government run the country by visiting all constituents and listen­ing to their plight and needs.

Not long after the leader of HOPE departed Parliament, the Govern­ment and SODELPA Members of parliament passed amendments to arbitrarily increase salaries and al­lowances for all Members.

Source: HOPE

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