The former Premier of Guadalcanal Province, Stephen Panga says workers need better pay as Solomon Islanders now experience a very high cost of living.
Mr Panga said state workers and those in the private sector need pay increases because imported and locally produced goods are way beyond affordability.
He said it is high time the government reviews the Minimum Wage Rate for private workers and considers increases in salary awards for state workers.
The last pay-rise for state workers was introduced in early 2011, but the last review of the Minimum Wage Rate was in 2008.
“I wonder how big families in Honiara survive the very high cost of living nowadays with the very minimal earnings they get from the current rate.”