25 Jul 2005

Strike of Tongan public servants continues

3:55 pm on 25 July 2005

More than 2,000 public servants have marched on the Tongan parliament to present a petition calling for a fairer pay scale.

The march came after workers went on an indefinite strike and held a rally in Nuku'alofa on Friday.

The public servants are protesting against a hefty wage rise received by senior members of the public service.

A spokesman for the striking group, Finau Tutone, says the strike has gained momentum despite government calls to return to work.