Contractor retreats from threat to worker wages at Kwajalein

BY GIFF JOHNSON

Marshall Islands Correspondent

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Following objections by elected leaders in the Marshall Islands to proposed pay cuts for nearly 800 Marshall Islands workers by the incoming new logistics contractor, the U.S. Army command at Kwajalein in early January announced that nearly all Marshallese base workers will receive the “same or higher wages” under the new contractor, DynCorp International.

The announcement, in an email communication to Marshall Islands government and Kwajalein leaders on Jan. 4, followed a threatened strike by Marshallese workers and complaints from Kwajalein and government leaders to both DynCorp and U.S . . .

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