Call for Niue govt program cuts to balance budget

Call for Niue govt program cuts to balance budget

Call for Niue govt program cuts to balance budget

Updated 30 March 2012, 15:25 AEDT

There are calls for the island of Niue to make cuts in government programs before it puts its staff on four-day weeks.

Pacnews reports the island nation is battling to reduce a budget shortfall of about a million US dollars.

The Niue government has been planning to put workers on a four-day week and cut the salaries of politicians to make up the shortfall.

But opposition MP Terry Coe says before that happens, Niue should pull out of regional bodies such as the University of the South Pacific and the Forum Fisheries Agency.

He has also called for the government to end grants for beautification to village councils and stop ministers from travelling overseas.

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