|Issue No 62||14 July 2000|
World Banks' PNG Edict: Six Thousand Bucks per Job!
The World Bank has tied a grant of $40 million to Papua New Guinea to the condition that the public sector slash 7,000 jobs - or 14 per cent of all staff.
The revelation was made by a senior Papua New Guinea union official, Napolean Liosi, as he addressed the NSW Labor Council this week.
Liosi, the national president of the Public Employees Association of PNG says World Bank assistance has come with strings, including public sector 'restructuring' and an aggressive privatization campaign.
The jobs for money trade-off means that the PNG Government receives about $6,000 for every job it slashes.
Liosi says the policy is having a real impact on jobs and services in PNG; and while the public sector is 80 per cent unionized, the World Bank deal was hitting his members hard.
"The whole deal is premised on the myth that the private sector always does things better," Liosi says. "We're still waiting to see the evidence."
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