Council of Trade Unions wants national living wage, not minimum wage

union training

Attendees at the VCTU/ILO training session earlier this week. Photo: Joe Harry Karu/Facebook

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Govt’s National Kava Strategy sets standards, prioritises kava as export crop

Kava plants. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Forest & Kim Starr

Government is making kava become a priority so that Vanuatu can benefit better financially from its endemic euphoric. This was clearly stated by Read the rest of this entry »


PACER Plus negotiations not ‘final’: Vanuatu undecided, wants more for workers

Unconvinced: market vendors in Port Vila see no benefit for Vanuatu from PacerPlus. Photo: PANG

Unconvinced: market vendors in Port Vila see no benefit for Vanuatu from PACER Plus. Photo: PANG

PACER Plus, the proposed trade agreement between Pacific Islands Forum island countries and Australia and New Zealand will need to have its final terms established in October, the ministers and officials attending the ‘final’ meeting last week in Christchurch were told by Australia and NZ. Raising standards of living, creating jobs and encouraging sustainable development within our region are aspects of the plan which were made better known to trade officials last week. A package worth over Vt 600 million is involved. The agreement is described as a ‘landmark’ trade and development deal. New Zealand Trade Minister McClay said in a statement that all negotiations must be completed in October and the agreement signed in December. (Radio Vanuatu News)

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Hearings into Vanuatu National Provident Fund investments to be open to the public

VNPF Building , Port Vila. Photo: Jean Van Jean

VNPF Building , Port Vila. Photo: Jean Van Jean

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Govt considers income tax above Vt500,000; Noble kava varieties boosted by national campaign

Kava plant

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Vanuatu Tok Tok 2016 tourism promotion event helps visitors “Discover Vanuatu, make new friends, share laughter”

Tourism industry wholesalers and media from Australia, NZ, New Caledonia, and China get familiar with Santo tourism attractions. Photo: VTO

Tourism industry wholesalers and media from Australia, NZ, New Caledonia, and China get familiar with Santo tourism attractions. Photo: VTO

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Bauerfield upgrade costs now double; Govt to begin repaying Cyclone Pam repair loans

Finally under way – the contractors' truck on the tarmac at Bauerfield earlier this week

Bauerfield International Airport – additional repairs complete by early October, major redevelopment works due in 2017

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