13 Feb 2009

Tonga's PSA calls on Fund Board to rescind decision

12:19 pm on 13 February 2009

Tonga's Public Service Association has called for the Retirement Fund board to rescind the decision to grant premature pensions to members of the government before they've reached retirement age.

The PSA Secretary-General, Mele Amanaki, says that along with payrises of up to 160 percent that cabinet granted themselves last year, it's a case of the government giving itself special treatment.

She says that when they asked the Board about the payments, they were told the government are no longer considered public servants and are under a new retirement fund programme.

"So we have written to the retirement fund board two weeks ago requesting to rescind the decision, secondly for the prime minister and the ministers to pay back the money and if that's not done, distribute all the money of the retirement fund to those who are at the same boat with them, who are out of the public service but not at the retirement age yet, distribute the money, that's fair."

Mele Amanaki says they've also called for the Prime Minister to resign as chairman of the Retirement Fund board.