22 May 2006

Public servants in Tonga push for better redundancy deal

2:52 pm on 22 May 2006

Tonga's Public Service Association is meeting with government officials today to try and thrash out a broader redundancy package for

civil servants.

Around four hundred civil servants have volunteered for redundancy so far as the government moves to trim 1000 jobs as part of its cost cutting drive.

The PSA's interim secretary, Mele Amanaki, says the organisation is meeting with public service commissioners in a bid to expand its compensation to a wider group of workers.

Mele Amanaki says the current redundancy package - a year's salary and entitlements - is limited to those who have served 15 years or more in the civil service.

She says those who have served shorter periods should not be penalised.

"Our packages acknowledge the years of service. Anyone who say has got 20 more years to work in government is made redundant, government is saving a lot of money from these persons sacrificing."

Mele Amanaki says most of those who have volunteered for redundancy are nearing retirement and the government is unlikely to reach its target of 1000.