18 Aug 2005

Tonga union apologises for strike inconvenience

2:53 pm on 18 August 2005

The Interim Public Service Association in Tonga has apolgised to the public for the length of the almost four-week long public servant stike but has appealed for understanding.

Schools and medical instiutions have been hit hard by the strike which calls for large wage increases for the public sector.

The Interim PSA spokesman, Fotu Fisi'iahi, says the matter is in the hands of the government, who have the opportunity and power to settle the dispute.

"If they all say yes to our suggestion then this will settle with in two days. We do apologise to our Tongan communities out there, and if there are families here that are affected by this, but we will have to admit that we are doing this for the future of Tonga."

The Interim PSA spokesman in Tonga, Fotu Fisi'iahi.

Britain and Australia have updated their advice to tourists wanting to travel to Tonga.

Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office says levels of robbery, theft and violent assault have recently increased in Tonga and security risks increase after dark.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says tourists in Tonga are advised to exercise good personal security awareness.

Meanwhile, Britain and Australia have updated their advice to tourists wanting to travel to Tonga.

Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office says levels of robbery, theft and violent assault have recently increased in Tonga and security risks increase after dark.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says tourists in Tonga are advised to exercise good personal security awareness.