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Tuesday 9 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Most Government schools in Nuku‘alofa remained closed today while striking teachers took part in another march, in spite of a warning from Cabinet that they were now absent without leave. The Director of Education, Viliami Takau, said today that Government school teachers who did not return to school this morning at 8:30 a.m., "showed great disrespect to the decision by Government for schools to commence Term 3 today."
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Tuesday 9 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV has indicated that he will this evening respond to a petition that was presented to him by yesterday's mass march to the palace of civil servants.
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Monday 8 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prince Tu'ipelehake today claimed the title of the People's Prince when he led more than 3,000 striking civil servants, their families, and supporters on a march through Nuku'alofa to Pangai Lahi, to present a letter of petition to King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV.
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Saturday 6 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's cabinet has this afternoon warned striking public servants, who are planning a mass march on Monday, that if they do not return to work on Monday they will be dealt with under the Public Service regulations.
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Saturday 6 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $2 million offer by Tonga's Ministry of Education to increase the salaries of government teachers, was rejected by striking teachers when it was announced by the Minister of Education, Rev. Dr Tevita Palefau and the Director of Education, Viliami Takau, at the 'Atele Indoor Stadium yesterday evening, August 5.
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Friday 5 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Public Servants Association ended negotiation talks with a Cabinet Sub Committee yesterday Thursday, by rejecting a new offer for a 10%, 20% and 30% pay rise.
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Thursday 4 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Health workers, including doctors, nurses, dentists and supporting staff at Tonga's main Vaiola Hospital meeting this evening decided to strike, starting at 12.30 pm tomorrow, Friday.
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Thursday 4 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Donations of food and cash have been flowing in to Tonga's striking civil servants, and since their national strike began on July 22 the local business community and individuals have contributed nearly $40,000 to the Public Service Association.
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Wednesday 3 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As Tonga's national strike went into its thirteenth day on August 3, over 100 Tonga College students marched along Taufa'ahau Road from Lopaukamea Hall and through the central Nuku'alofa business area to Pangai Si'i, singing songs to show support for their striking teachers.
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Monday 1 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government public servants yesterday, Sunday , July 31, sought "Divine Intervention" for a solution to their 10 day old salary dispute with the government of Tonga. tThe strike involving about 3000 civil servants has so far been a peaceful one.
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Friday 29 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Cabinet has this evening offered striking civil servants a 12.5% rise across the board.
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Thursday 28 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An independent mediation that was this morning successful in winning agreement in principle for an immediate return to work by striking civil servants, has been rejected outright by Tonga's Prime Minister.
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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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