12 Jun 2007

Tonga PSC seeks talks as PSA sets ultimatum

5:59 pm on 12 June 2007

Tonga's Public Service Commission says it wants to talk to its key stakeholders before publicly responding to PSA demands for its commissioners' resignations.

The Public Service Association has given the three commissioners Mishka Tu'ifua, Tai'atu 'Ata'ata and Ross Chapman until the end of the month to step down.

The PSA says the prime minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, failed to follow the normal recruitment process of government when he chose three Commission members.

The PSA also accuses them of not acting in the best interest of the public service and the public servants of the government of Tonga

In a statement, the PSA says the commissioners are being paid despite Dr Sevele having told the public that they would not be on the government payroll.

The PSC commissioners say the PSA has not taken up the latest offers for a dialogue.