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Thursday 25 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Princess Regent, Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita brought tears and comfort to civil servants strikers today who applauded her after she delivered a heartfelt speech at Pangai Si'i. Story and pictures by Linny Folau
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Thursday 25 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's frustrated Public Service Association said last night that it will not negotiate with government to end the five weeks long civil servants strike, "until their conditions to return to work are met by government."
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Sunday 21 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Any hope for a quick solution to the continuing national strike by Tonga's Civil Servants remains wishful thinking as we enter the fifth week of the strike, with both sides negotiating at a two steps forward and four steps backward speed. By Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 17 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Offices and cars at Tonga College were smashed this morning, in an outbreak of violence by students, reportedly angered over the government's removal yesterday of their principal and head tutor during Tonga'’s ongoing civil service strike. Removed, Principal of Tonga College, Tu'amelie Faaitu'a (left) and his head tutor Lopaki Fifita
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Wednesday 17 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As Tonga'’s Public Servants' strike entered its fourth week, Nunia Mone of the government'’s Public Service Commission claimed that more public servants have returned to work.
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Monday 15 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A rumour of public servants being dismissed from the civil service and that new doctors and teachers were being recruited from overseas, was denied this morning by Kelepi Makakaufaki, the Secretary for the Tonga Government's Public Service Commission.
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Monday 15 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After all efforts had failed to find a solution to a three week old strike by Tonga's civil service, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV joined over 5,000 people at the Teufaiva Stadium on Sunday evening to pray for a solution.
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Sunday 14 August 2005
San Jose,California, USA
I must thank you personally for a job well done on the continuous coverage on the strike of civil servants in Tonga.
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Saturday 13 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government was this afternoon ordered by the Chief Justice to refrain from removing the public from Pangai Si'i, where rallies have been held for the past three weeks during the national strike by civil servants.
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Saturday 13 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A growing crowd, that was shut out of Pangai Si'i this morning, is gathering outside Tonga's parliament and court house, and singing loudly while they await a decision expected this afternoon from Tonga's Chief Justice - that may or may not allow them to return to their rallying point.
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Friday 12 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's striking civil servants left Pangai Si‘i this afternoon, after agreeing to disperse at 2pm, while waiting for a judicial injunction they are seeking, against an order to leave Pangai Si‘i.
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Friday 12 August 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An excited crowd of strikers and their families surged onto Pangai Si‘i this morning, defying a police cordon that was attempting to shut down the area at the heart of the civil servants strike.
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Wednesday 10 August 2005
Suva, Fiji
I am currently in Fiji and heard from an officer of the SPBE that he had yet to receive this letter from the Public Sevant Association on behalf of striking students. In this age of Information Technology and email communications I would have thought it of utmost concern and responsibility on behalf of these students that contact was made prior to the proposed teachers and student's march.
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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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