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Wednesday 27 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's independent media was barred by staff of the Prime Minister's Office this evening from attending a "Press Announcement " made by Cabinet Ministers after Cabinet rejected parliament 's attempt to resolve an ongoing civil service strike.
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Tuesday 26 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga governments schools will close for two weeks starting today July 26 as over 1400 teachers join a national strike of civil servants.
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Tuesday 26 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Striking civil servants who are "seeking justice" fear that unqualified staff may be put in by government to keep Tonga's ports of entry open this week, and they warn that that planes and ships might be stranded.
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Monday 25 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
onga's public servants rejected a call by the Acting Prime Minister on Friday to return to work this morning, Monday, instead, following a high-spirited rally at the Queen Salote Hall over 2000 public servants marched to the Tongan parliament at noon, and presented to the Speaker of the House, Hon. Veikune. a copy of their Friday Letter to the Prime Minister. Photos by Linny Folau
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Saturday 23 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Acting Prime Minister Hon. James Cecil Cocker has urged all civil servants to report to work on Monday.
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Friday 22 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's public servants refused to accept "No" for an answer from Cabinet today July 22, and will continue their strike action into next week.
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Thursday 21 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government is facing a national crisis of unknown proportions as a large meeting of angry public servants and supporters decided this evening to stop work, starting tomorrow July 22, at 8.30 am.
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Wednesday 20 July 2005
Nuku‘alofa,T onga
Tonga's Public Servants will meet tomorrow, July 21, in a pay dispute amid repeated calls for a national strike after government failed to reply to complaints arising from huge disparities in salaries.The President of the Public Servants Association, Finau Tutone, confirmed today July 20 that there had been no response from government to a letter of grievances that the PSA presented to Paula Ma'u, the Deputy Secretary of the Prime Minister on July 15.
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Saturday 16 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's public servants are appealing to government to halt this week's salary rise, in a bid to win more money in the face of a widening gap between their salary increases and those of the top government officials.
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Thursday 23 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When I worked for a firm in New Zealand they came up with an idea called "Let's Make It Happen". The whole concept of this was for employees to come up with ideas on how to save the company money. - palmtour [at] kalianet [dot] to
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Friday 10 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Government today, Friday, June 10, 2005, approved the exemption of various products needed by the agricultural sector from the Consumption Tax. This approval also designated that the same set of items be subject to a zero rate of Consumption Tax.
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Monday 16 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A meeting called by the Human Rights and Democracy Movement faction of the people...’s representatives to Parliament was held on the evening of Friday, 13th of May 2005, at the St. Andrews school hall, was attended by about a hundred people, to determine the course of action to take with regards to staging a protest march based on various grievances against the Shoreline Power Company. - Press Release, Prime Minister's Office.
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Friday 29 April 2005
California, USA
My story is as similar to yours. Your forebears were in the middle of all these. Mine just happened to be better liars. Six generations later, the story is still told as if they were happened yesterday. Somewhere in Timbuktu, USA, life is good to me. However, I am emotionally tied to a small island nation in the South Pacific. What this small nation need is a leader; someone who remembers, he is provided with luxury while his subjects are struggling to make ends meet; someone who remembers being king is a privilege not a right.
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Thursday 28 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Sonatane Tu‘akinamalohi Taumoepeau Tupou, Tonga's Minister of Foreign Affairs, was appointed as the Acting Minister of Defence on Friday April 22, 2005.
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Thursday 21 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele, has been appointed as Tonga's Acting Prime Minister, only a month after he entered Cabinet following the March General Election.
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Thursday 21 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral of Tonga's Minister of Defence, Hon. Col. Fetu‘’utolu Tupou will take place tomorrow morning, Friday 22 April.
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Wednesday 30 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new 15% consumption tax comes into force this week, on Friday April 1, and the Minister of Finance has announced some goods and services that will be either exempt or zero-rated from Consumption Tax.
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Tuesday 15 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I note with incredulity, in reading the Press Release from the Prime Minister's Office today, that Government proclaims that an, "elevated sensitivity to public sentiments was formalized in the establishment of the Commission for Public Relations". To call this a "meritorious trend" is simply hogwash in light of the fact that the Prime Minister's Office and its Chief Secretary have led the way in ignoring the decisions and recommendations of the Commissioner for Public Relations.
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Tuesday 15 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Good governance is what good governments do. And although "good" can be a subjective abstraction, an honest appraisal of Government procedures will show that within its legal, historical and cultural framework, the process of governing and implementing decisions have the required elements that characterize good governance. From the empowerment of the different levels of political dispensation, to the operation of the executive machinery, decisions and appointments by the Government has been carried out increasingly with a view towards inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and the rule of law.
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Monday 7 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Privy Council on Friday March 4 approved the implementation of Tonga's new Consumption Tax. Later, in the afternoon, the Minister of Finance, Hon. Siosiua ‘Utoikamanu officially launched Tonga's Consumption Tax which will come into force on April 1.
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