23 Jan 2006

Tongan teachers and government agree on disputes panel

4:14 pm on 23 January 2006

Teachers in Tonga have been agreed to start work tomorrow after the government accepted their grievances amid a strike threat.

The government has endorsed the establishment of a disputes panel within the education ministry to deal with concerns of transfers and promotions.

The president of the Friendly Islands Teachers Association, Finau Tutone, has told the news agency, Pacnews, that teachers agreed to return to work after the director of education agreed to many of the their claims.

He says this is the first time that government has agreed to set up a body to deal with civil servants complaints.

Mr Tutone says the union is happy that the government has started to listen and begun a dialogue to settle disputes.

More than 20 teachers who took part in last year's public servants' strike were either transferred to island schools or bypassed in promotions.