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Wednesday 10 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King's command has failed to resolve Tonga's strike, and early reports this evening were that Tonga...’s dissatisfied civil servants agreed to continue their strike, and they are refusing to budge from Pangai Si‘‘i after being ordered to move by Cabinet.
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Wednesday 10 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV has today called for an independent audit to review salaries of the kingdom's public service.
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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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Sunday 7 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A financial appeal was launched by Tonga's striking civil servants on Friday, targeting local businesses and Tongans overseas, as the strikers broadened their demands.
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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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Thursday 4 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prince Tu‘’ipelehake is set to lead the striking civil servants on a planned march to the King set for Monday August 8 if Government still does not accept their plea by tomorrow, Friday August 5.
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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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Tuesday 2 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
nga's striking civil servants on Monday, August 1, rejected a new offer from government, while the PSA says it will call out doctors and nurses and airport workers later this week if they can't get more money.
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Monday 1 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The stand off between the Tonga government and some 3,000 striking public servants has reached a stalemate, as government has begun trying to explain what the salary revision was all about.
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Monday 1 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A different colour was added to the national strike at Pangai Si'i this morning when 30 students from various forms at Tonga High School arrived to support their teachers and the public servants.
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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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Saturday 30 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Public Servants Association PSA this morning rejected last night's offer by government for a 12.5% salary rise across the board, as they enter the ninth day of their strike.
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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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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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