29 Jul 2005

Tonga cabinet discusses public service strike

3:27 pm on 29 July 2005

The Tongan cabinet is currently meeting to discuss the ongoing public servant strike involving nearly 3-thousand workers.

The strike, which has entered its second week, was called to protest against hefty wage rises for senior public servants and calls for a fairer payscale.

Meanwhile, Matangi Tonga reports an independent mediator was rejected by the Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, despite a compromise seemingly being reached between government and union representatives.

The rejection comes as the interim chair of the Public Servants Association, Finau Tutone, warned that with increasing tension in the kingdom there was potential for peaceful demonstrations to turn violent.